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

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

Hop Press of the Oast House at The Museum of Kent Life
Hop Press of the Oast House at The Museum of Kent Life
Once the hops were cooled, the hops were put into a hop pocket suspended to the lower floor. The pocket was mounted in the hop press which packed the hops in tightly.
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.
Oast Houses
An Oast House is a building used to dry fresh hops before they are sent to the brewers, to be used for flavouring beer. A traditional Oast House consists of the 'oast' and the 'stowage'. The oast was a kiln, with a plenum chamber fired by charcoal at ground floor and the drying floor directly above. The steep pitched roof channelled the hot air through the hops to the top. The stowage, was the barn section, it had a cooling floor and press at first floor and storage area at ground floor. Read more LinkExternal link
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.

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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 748 583 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:17.8179N 0:30.4291E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 748 583
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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