ASHFORD

Ashford is a small town mid-way between Texas in NSW and Inverell. Unless the traveller is making either of those towns, or the Bruxner Hgy a destination Ashford would not be encounted. Basic services are provided but  are limited.

There is not much for the visitor at Ashford and so a diversion to visit is not necessary. The town is showing signs of economic malaise so if one does happen to visit the Commercial Hotel is very old and has much  history to relate.

From the Sydney Morning Herald Website:-

‘Ashford is/was situated in the largest tobacco-growing district of NSW, 748 km north of Sydney.

The area is popular with the 4WD brigade.

Before white settlement the area was occupied by the Kwiambal, a sub-group of the Murri indigenous people. It was the duty of the Murri women to raise the girls and younger boys. Later the boys went with the men. Both sexes went through initiation rites, proving their worthiness to the community. The men hunted large game while the women hunted smaller game and collected fruit and vegetable matter. Both were skilled in tool manufacture and the tribe lived with great economy on the resources of the land.

Bushranger 'Thunderbolt' (Fred Ward) robbed Bonshaw's Hotel in 1867’. As stated the pub has many a story to tell

The Ashford War Memorial is located near the pool.And there is also the hall.

The Congregational Churches in the town are a mix of old and the very old timber buildings.

The past history of growing tobacco is only recorded at the commercial Hotel in Ashford. So if nearby go and have a look.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
  Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course