Queens Road

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Queens Road
Other Names
Former name(s)Queens Buildings
Meadow Road
Bedford Place
St Andrews Terrace
St Andrews Road
JunctionsHarold Place, Queens Road
Places of WorshipSt Andrews Church

Queens Road most likely originated as a muddy, often flooded dirt track running along the eastern margin of the Priory Meadow, any development being on the hill-slopes, where the ground was relatively stable. The meadow, together with the flood plain bordering the Priory Stream was marshy ground, with many difficulties reported when the 'Ashford railway arm' extension (opened c.1850) was constructed which required a large embankment to be built across the Priory Meadows; the scale of the embankment may be judged by the height of St Andrews Bridge, effectively forming a dam across the Priory Valley and altering the appearance of the whole area more than anything else in recent history.

The 'St Andrews Archway' circa 1895

During construction of some of the buildings, dinosaur bones have been found, together with pebbles from the beach in the bores for piling which reached a depth of in excess of 40 feet in places

Formation of Road[edit | edit source]

Queens Road officially came into being when the council merged and renamed the roads called Queens Buildings, Meadow Road and Bedford Place, during 1876. Above Russell Street and Portland Place, the road was known as St Andrews Terrace, and later as St Andrews Road. The Bedford Public House stood on the corner of Portland Place and was at number 1 St Andrews Road. In June 1882 the Prince and Princess of Wales dedicated (and renamed) St Andrews Gardens (that had opened in 1864) as Alexandra Park and the road leading to it was renamed too, as Queens Road; the pub would then become No 37 with the numbering running up the east side of the road to the railway bridge and back down the western side.

Northerly extension of town[edit | edit source]

As a result of the opening of St Andrews Gardens and development occurring further up the Priory Valley, the archway carrying the railway which had been constructed in 1846 over the road that provided access to these areas rapidly became a dangerous bottleneck. This was replaced by an iron girder bridge with fluted columns in November 1898, the demolition taking three days to complete. The bridge received a makeover on its centenary in 1998 and on the southern footpath there is a brick bearing the original 1898 date stamp.

In the block immediately below Waterworks Road, St Andrews Church stood on the west side of Queens Road, just down from the Gas Showrooms. Both of these were demolished, the church going first to make way for a garage, then the Gas Showrooms to make way for a supermarket. Behind the Gas Showrooms were workshops and depots for Maidstone and District bus company; these are now the supermarket and car-park associated with the supermarket. There is now a supermarket garage on the site. A 'legacy' building still stands isolated, the sole survivor of the terrace above the Gas Showrooms as a chinese takeaway.

Construction of Queens Arcade 1956

Construction of Queens Parade[edit | edit source]

During the late 1950s, the wall between the Central Cricket Ground and Queens Road was demolished in favour of an avenue of shops extending round the corner into South Terrace (Queens Parade). A Coach Ticket Office and small car-park was placed in the area immediately adjacent to the Town Hall, with one of the turrets serving as a public convenience (later a bookmakers office). This avenue of shops was demolished during the 1980s, together with the Cricket Ground as part of the development of Priory Meadow (Shopping Centre).

The terrace of shops with the set-back first floors opposite Priory Meadow (Shopping Centre) are mostly original, although the large building and the adjacent property (nos 10 & 11) on the corner of Albert Road was lost when the road was widened in the early 1990s.

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Features in this road[edit | edit source]

 Street name No From To 
Bedford ArmsQueens Road18655 October 1940
Boots ChemistQueens Road
Robertson Street
London Road
Harry Boyd (1868-1954)High Street
High Street
Queens Road
White Rock
Gas ShowroomsQueens Road701986
Hickman BrosRobertson Street
Queens Road
Vicarage Road
Old London Road
Howard Swain (Stationers)Queens Road1561885
St Andrews BridgeQueens Road1846

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