TQ7240 : Finchurst Oast, Summerhill, Goudhurst, Kent

taken 8 years ago, near to Winchet Hill, Kent, Great Britain

Finchurst Oast, Summerhill, Goudhurst, Kent
Finchurst Oast, Summerhill, Goudhurst, Kent
Three round and one square kiln oast house.

The two left roundel roofs have recently been rebuilt to replace two 1960's Watson Ventilators, which would have looked akin to TQ6445 : Unconverted Oast House at Finches Farm, Five Oak Green Road, Five Oak Green, Kent. The Watson ventilator replaced the kiln roof and cowl, and allowed more hops to be dried at once through a more controlled ventilation system. They were considered unattractive, and thus they have been replaced here. The Watson ventilator is a rare find now.

Also see before the roofs were reinstated TQ7240 : Finchurst Oast, Summerhill, Goudhurst, Kent
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
Finchurst Oast
Three round and one square kiln oast house.
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Date Taken
Monday, 12 October, 2009   (more nearby)
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Monday, 12 October, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 725 402 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:8.1159N 0:27.8700E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 725 401
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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