Stour Early Music Festival, Boughton Aluph

It was a beautiful, balmy early-summer evening, last Friday: perfect for watching the sun set over the North Downs.  But not before listening to some ethereal, Elysian music inside All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph, in the borough of Ashford.  I had taken my two sons there for the annual Stour Early Music Festival, to listen … More Stour Early Music Festival, Boughton Aluph

Sharp-Shootin’ Annie at Ashford’s County Hotel

At first sight, Ashford’s County Hotel on the lower High Street is a conventional 18th century building.   It is three storeys tall, originally red brick but the top floor and the parapet are now hung with Kentish peg tiles.  It has its original sash windows above street level and the entrance doorcase has classical … More Sharp-Shootin’ Annie at Ashford’s County Hotel

Blacksmiths to Optometrists

Number 7 North Street, Ashford is a very handsome, well-maintained 3-storey business building.  And has been for aproximately 700 years – though in various, very different, uses. This apparently 16th century timber-framed house (a few doors down from the Epes’ House mentioned here) has decorative bargeboards supporting the gable. The upper two floors are overhanging on … More Blacksmiths to Optometrists