2 ASHFORD (A.e.)
(O.S. 6 in. XXIV, N.E.)
Ashford is a small parish 2½ m. E. of Staines.
(1) Parish Church of St. Matthew, formerly a
chapel of Staines, stands near the middle of the parish.
It was entirely re-built in 1858 on a new site to the W.
of the old church and retains the following ancient:—
Fittings—Bells: three: 1st by Bryan Eldridge,
1620; 2nd by William Eldridge, 1668; both said to
have been recast. Brass: On pier of S. arcade—of
William Goode, 1522 and Agnes, his wife, figures of
man in civil costume, wife, six sons and two daughters.
(2) Clockhouse Farm, house 250 yards N.E. of
the church, is of two storeys; the walls are of brick
and timber-framing and the roofs are tiled. It was
built probably in the 17th century, but has been much
altered. There are two original windows with solid
frames and mullions.
(3) Ford Farm, house about 1,150 yards S.W. of the
church, is of two storeys; the walls are of brick and
the roofs are tiled. It was built possibly in the 17th
century, but was partially burnt in 1716 and has since
been altered. The fire is referred to on the church
plate, the old plate having perished in it.