The history of farming in Horsmonden
This section covers agricultural matters in Hormonden’s history.
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- HOP PICKING IN HORSMONDEN during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, through to the present day. Many Horsmonden families will have spent some time hand picking hops. As well as local pickers there would be hundreds of families from London’s East End taking their annual holiday to go ‘hoppin’ in Kent. Thousands of men women and […]Read More
- Gathering in the hop harvest in September Every September when the hops were ready to be picked, farmers would write to workers – usually women and children who didn’t have permanent jobs, in Kent, London, Sussex and East Anglia. They were invited to come down to Horsmonden and Kent, stay in huts on the farm […]Read More
- Famous hop first found growing in Horsmonden The Fuggle was propagated in Kent by Mr. Richard Fuggle of Brenchley in 1875, the plant having first been noticed in about 1861, growing in Horsmonden. Fuggles became the most widely grown hop in England – in 1949, it made up 78% of the English hop acreage, until […]Read More
- Kentish Hops For a time hops were the most important crop in the village, giving employment to villagers and hundreds of migrant hop pickers alike South Londoner's used to take their annual working holidays to Kent and Horsmonden in particular. Since the 15th century, hops have been grown in the Weald of Kent and in […]Read More