The inspiration for the Coachworks name comes from a firm of coachbuilders which was based here for 30 years from the 1960s. Crofords Carriages counted the royal household and Harrods among its customers and the company still operates from the town.
The first historic maps of Dover Place show the railway track extending up towards and branching out alongside Dover Place, connecting the Old Corn Store and Mill. This was an industrial area closely connected to the development of the railway in the early to mid-nineteenth century.
There was a mix of units in the street including the Lion Brewery. The site developed rapidly with many more structures constructed by the late nineteenth century. A public house is built at this time, to serve the workmen from the industries in and around Dover Place. Between 2005 up until the Coachworks development started, Ashford Youth Theatre (AYT) were based in the former HotHouse building.
A platform to gather and grow
Coachworks is a unique community where we encourage you to eat, drink, work, dance and do! The site also has a wealth of history in its previous life.
A cluster of former industrial buildings have been transformed into a mixed use campus of indoor and outdoor event and hospitality space, a food and drink destination and a multi-use work space for start ups.
Our Yard and Food vendors and Outdoor bar are all fully accessible and on the ground floor with ramps where needed
Our Hothouse space has a ramp for wheelchair uses and prams. We have a Changing places toilet and a baby change space
Our private hire space and indoor bar are on the first floor with no lift but we can offer table service to any guests who cannot make the stairs