London families hop picking in Kent; 1952
© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London
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Hops are a climbing plant and are trained to grow up strings or wires. Specially trained men wearing stilts would set up the wires. The hops were ready to be harvested in late August and the job usually took 6 weeks. Many London families came together to work and live on the farms seeing this as a holiday from their poor living conditions at home. Machines replaced hand picking in the 1960s.
1952 AD - 1952 AD