Ashford. (1) A market town in Kent, 53 miles from London, on the river Stour. Since it has become a junction on the South-Eastern Railway for the lines to Ramsgate, Dover, and Hastings, the place has grown in importance, and the works of the company employ a large number of men. There is a handsome Gothic church and an old Grammar School. The cattle market is one of the largest in the county. (2) A town in Middlesex, 17 miles from London, and two miles from Staines, on the London and South-Western Railway.