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Ashford, one of the most attractive aspects of Ashford is the quality of life it has to offer. There is plenty to do in the borough, from enjoying the countryside to visiting tourist attractions and more. Ashford also offers a host of charming places to stay from modern hotels to traditional bed and breakfast properties, self catering and camping and caravan parks.
A wealth of pubs, clubs and restaurants are dotted around the borough and there are fantastic shopping opportunities in Ashford town centre and Tenterden.
There are a number of leisure centres and entertainment venues offering swimming, bowling and cinema. The remodelled Stour Centre provides Ashford with one of the best new leisure pools and leisures facilities in the south east.
Sport in Ashford is very strong with a range of high quality facilities including the international standard Julie Rose athletics stadium. Ashford also hosts a growing number of sports clubs. Together they provide excellent training facilities for local and national sportsmen and women, and opportunities to be active and healthy.
A distinct voluntary arts sector exists which runs societies and many local events and festivals offers a rich and diverse mix to suit all tastes. There is an increasing array of cultural facilities offering arts and entertainment for all the family.
The provision of leisure and tourism within the borough is central to the councils objectives and values.
Our Cultural Strategy highlights the need for cultural, sport and tourism to bring communities together, enrich the quality of our lives, create prosperity and enhance public places, parks and green spaces.
Geographical position has been a dominant factor in Ashford’s history and one which also looks likely to shape its future. There are different schools of thought as to how the name Ashford was derived. Records show that for several centuries the settlement or town in Ashford was known as “Essetesford”.
The 16th century writer Philpot believed that “Essetesford” stood for “ash trees growing near a ford”, while Lampard, a 16th century local historian, suggested that it meant “a ford over the river Eshe or Eshet”, which was the old name for the tributary of the River Stour which rises at Lenham.
No one can be quite sure when the first settlement was made in the area. Roman remains have been found locally at Westhawk, and a road, built to transport iron ore from the Weald of Kent to the north Kent Coast, went through the town, roughly following what is now Kingsnorth Road and Beaver Road in South Ashford and Station Road and Wellesley Road through to Kennington.
It is believed that the town’s real origins lie in the ninth century when the country was invaded by the Danes in 893AD. At that time there were settlements at Great Chart and Appledore, and as the Danes plundered and raided these communities the inhabitants fled to the forests for safety. It is thought that many of the survivors settled either in nearby forest or in the “Royal Ville of Wye”. As a reward for their services in battle a group of people are thought to have settled on land in what is now Ashford, given to them by the Saxon Lord.
Prior to the Norman invasion, it is known that part of Ashford was owned by St. Augustine’s Abbey at Canterbury, part belonged to King Edward the Confessor and part to Earl Godwin, the father of King Harold. After the Conquest, St Augustine’s retained its possessions, but the remainder was given to Hugh de Montfort, one of the Conqueror’s commanders, as a reward for his services in battle.
In the Domesday Book survey compiled by the Normans in 1086, Ashford is entered as having a church and two mills.
By 1600 Ashford was well established as an important and flourishing market town. Ashford was aided in this by its location, with roads to the port of Faversham and to Canterbury, Hythe, Romney Marsh and the Weald. Just as important was the number of large estates in the district owned by the nobility.
The town consisted of a small medieval gathering of buildings with the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin at its centre. Close by was the Six Bells, the Chequers and the Court House, a number of ale houses, shops, craftsmen’s premises and cottages. The present Middle Row was known as The Shambles and provided markets for fish, corn, meat, butter and livestock.
Down by the river stood the mill and the tannery. New Rents and St. John’s Lane were narrow ways out of the town and can still be seen today. The countless Tudor buildings made Ashford one of the most picturesque towns in the county and this little jewel was set in water meadows surrounded by ancient woodlands.
Over the years a number of factors have played a part in shaping the town, and many notable characters and organisations have their origins in Ashford.
We will collect the scrap car from Ashford or the surrounding area and dispose of it through our nationwide network of 23 fully licensed Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) Sites who will scrap your car in line with End of Life (ELV) Legislation, and provide you with a Certificate of Destruction which we file online with the DVLA. So you can rest assured your car has been scrapped legally.
For a hassle free fast way to scrap your car in Ashford please complete the fields in the form to the right and we will provide an instant online scrap car price with the choice to accept and arrange scrapping or decline our scrap car offer.
Should you have any queries, then please contact a member of our team on 03001000277 to discuss your scrap car collection and what cash payment you will receive, or alternatively contact us and let us know your scrap a car for cash query.
Raw2K ATF sites utilise the advised environmental disposal methods/process as per ELV/ATF Guidelines and legislation.
Raw2Ks operations are focused upon lowering our waste and increasing recycling, therefore providing us with a controlled and reduced sustainability impact wherever possible. A scrap car is much greener than an abandoned car and the owner is paid cash for scrapping their car.
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