Mobile hop pickers in Yalding, Kent: 1952
© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London
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Mobile hop workers at Yalding near Maidstone in Kent. Hops are the ingredient that adds bitterness to beer. Hops have been grown in Kent since the 16th century and every September farmers would invite workers from London and elsewhere to come and pick the hops. This provided Londoners with a 'holiday with pay' and special trains were provided for them from London Bridge and Victoria stations. Whole families would come and camp on the hop farms. Once collected the hops were measured into large sacks called ‘pokes’ and then taken to an Oast house where they were dried.
1952 AD - 1952 AD