Amy Sled (Davies) 1888 – 1992
Amy was born in Ashford and emigrated to Canada. John Sled, her son, has pulled together her memories and emailed it over to the village. It’s well worth a read and a fascinating insight into late Victorian Ashford Carbonell.
John is looking for more information from that time, maps, people, places. If you know anything email the Editor and we’ll pass the information on.
Many Thanks John
1907: A Year of Change
By 1907 Ashford Court had, for nearly 50 years, been let to a variety of tenants, and was probably in urgent need of renovation and modernisation. It was purchased in that year by someone who actually intending living there himself, Major Claud Herbert Campbell, late of the 8th Hussars. Work started immediately and two identical cottages were built for staff. One was Rose Cottage, now known as Rosemead, recently put on the market. It was intended for occupation by the Gardener and was used for that purpose until the estate was broken up in 1950. It has remained almost unchanged since 1907, the only concession to modernity being the conversion of one of the three bedrooms into a bathroom. The other cottage, situated next door to The Lodge, and designated The Cottage (still its name), was for the Coachman/Chauffeur. Over the years it has been much enlarged and modernised and bears little resemblance to its one-time twin.
Major Campbell also needed telephone and electric light. A telephone line had to be brought in all the way from the main Ludlow-Hereford road, over the railway and river bridges and down the village street, presumably connecting with the Post Office at No.5. He also negotiated with Williams Downes Hall, the owner of Ashford Mill, a lease “for 99 years of right to place a turbine in Ashford Mill and to carry poles and cables across lands of the lessor for an electric light supply to Ashford Court”. This was subsequently replaced by a petrol-driven generator, which remained the only source of power until mains electricity was brought into the village in the late 1950’s.
Ed: Many Thanks to Brian Shingler who emailed the village with this fascinating insight into Ashford Carbonel
Ashford Carbonell – War Memorial names
|War Memorialname||Full name||Regiment & RankFrom CWGC||Date of Death||Place of Burial/Memorial||Notes|
|J.T. Davies||John Thomas Davies||KSLI 5th Bn. “A”Coy. Lance Corporal 10636||24 August 1916 Age 26||Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval||Son of John and Sarah Davies of 2, Yewtree Cottages, Ryton, Dorrington, Shrewsbury|
|W. F. Davies||William Edward Davies||KSLI 7th Bn.Sergeant 13016||14 July 1916Age 28||Thiepval Memorial||Son of John and Sarah Jane Davies of 2, Yewtree Cottages, Ryton, Dorrington, Shrewsbury: husband of Elizabeth Jane Davies of 3, Yewtree Cottages, Ryton, Dorrington, Shrewsbury.|
|H.W. James||Harold Wilfred James||KSLI 6th Btn.Private 26526||01 April 1918Age 23||Pozieres Memorial panel 60||Son of Margaret James of Serpent Farm, Ashford, Ludlow, Salop and the late Robert James|
|J.A. James||James Albert James||Royal Field Artillery 8th Reserve Bde. Gunner 214184||05 March 1917 Age 23||Ashford Carbonell churchyard||Son of David and Elizabeth James, of New House Farm, Ashford Carbonell|
|J. Maund||JohnMaund||KSLI 5th Btn.Private 17709||02 December 1915Age 35||Lisjssenhoek Military CemeteryII. C. 11||Son of Benjamin and Mary Ann Maund, of 4, Ashford Carbonell, Ludlow, Salop|
|H.B. Powell||Harry Bernard Powell||Norfolk Regiment 9th Bn.Private 37656||21 March 1918||Arras Memorial Bay 3||Son of James and Annie Powell of Home Farm, Ashford Carbonell|
|R.J. Sankey||Richard John Sankey||Royal Field Artillery, Driver. “C” Bty. 256th Bgde.155211||12 November 1917Age 33||St Sever Cemetery extension, Rouen P.III.L.11.A||Husband of Eleanor Gertrude Sankey of Church House, Ashford Carbonell, Ludlow, Salop.|
|Harry Bruges Fisher||Harry Bruges Fisher||Lieutenant Colonel WiltshireRegiment commanding 12thBn. Yorks and LancashireRegiment.||3 October 1916Age 38||Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richbourg-L’avoueIV.B.31||Son of the late Col. Fisher and Mrs. Fisher, of Ty Mynydd, Radyr, Cardiff; husband of Annabella Sybil Fisher (nee Dansey), of Manor House, Richards Castle, Ludlow.|