TQ7051 : Ten chimneys

taken 12 years ago, near to West Farleigh, Kent, Great Britain

Ten chimneys
Ten chimneys
Well, only eight in shot. The wall is perhaps two metres high and there are five chimneys spaced out along it either side of the central door. My first thought was something to do with market gardening - hot houses, perhaps but if so, why not have just one boiler to stoke and run hot water pipes from it? Stoking ten separate fires seems silly.
I'm told these were hoppers' huts, I'm surprised they have survived.
This is Shingle Barn Lane near its junction with Smith's Hill on the eastern edge of the square.
Hopper Huts
Hopper huts were primitive buildings which hop picking families would stay in during the hop picking season in September, during the 18th century and early 20th century. Usually built of corrugated metal around a basic timber frame, more wealthy farmers built them out of brick, and may even have included a small fireplace and chimney.

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Date Taken
Monday, 10 July, 2006   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 12 July, 2006
Farm buildings   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 709 515 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:14.2236N 0:26.8811E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 710 515
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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