TQ7458 : Hop Cooling Floor of the Oast House at The Museum of Kent Life

taken 8 years ago, near to Sandling, Kent, Great Britain

Hop Cooling Floor of the Oast House at The Museum of Kent Life
Hop Cooling Floor of the Oast House at The Museum of Kent Life
During the hop Festival, a demonstration of the process of hop packing.

The dried hops are taken out of the kiln onto the cooling room floor (shown), once cooled the worker would use a wide wooden framed shovel called a scuppet to put the hops in the hop pocket suspended to the floor below. The pocket was mounted in a hop press which pushed the hops tightly into the pocket (a hessian sack).

A tarpaulin sheet would not have been laid on the floor beneath the hops, presumably put there for public health and safety reasons.

Also see TQ7458 : Hop Pocket at Museum of Kent Life
& TQ7458 : Hop Press of the Oast House at The Museum of Kent Life

See outside the oast TQ7458 : Oast House at The Museum of Kent Life, Cobtree, Lock Lane, Sandling, Kent
Hop Presses & Hop Pockets
Found at the first floor of an oast house. Hops were shovelled into a large sack, called a 'pocket', suspended to the ground floor. The press packed them in tightly.
Museum of Kent Life
The Museum of Kent Life is an open air museum, based around an original farmstead, called Sandling Farm. One of the original buildings is an 19th century oast house, which is used to demonstrate hop drying during the September hop-picking season. There are also two farm houses and farmyard buildings.

A number of buildings have been saved from destruction and reconstructed at the site. These include hopper huts, thatched barn, granary, chapel, village hall, cottages, and another farmhouse.

Read more at wikipedia LinkExternal link
Sandling Farm Oast
Twin square kilned and twin round kilned ragstone oast house.

Part of the Museum of Kent Life, Cobtree.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 20 September, 2009   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 20 September, 2009
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Primary Subject of Photo
Field 
Category
Hops, hop poles, hop fields   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7488 5830 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:17.8181N 0:30.4205E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7488 5830
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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