TQ6445 : Unconverted Oast House at Finches Farm, Five Oak Green Road, Five Oak Green, Kent

taken 14 years ago, near to Five Oak Green, Kent, Great Britain

Unconverted Oast House at Finches Farm, Five Oak Green Road, Five Oak Green, Kent
Unconverted Oast House at Finches Farm, Five Oak Green Road, Five Oak Green, Kent
The original conical roof has been replaced with a mechanically draughted ventilated louvred roof.

Photo taken March-April.
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
Finches Farm Oast
Two round kiln oast house.

Once electricity began to be introduced to the oast house, fans were used to drive air through the hops, which was easier to control than the traditional vacuum of air through the cowl, and allowed a larger quantity of hops to be dried at one time. Some oast kilns were modified with louvred ventilators, to replaced the cowls which could not cope with the extra pressure. This example was called The "Watson" ventilator, designed in the 1960's.
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TQ6445, 126 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
March 2003   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 10 February, 2007
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Housing, Dwellings 
Primary Subject of Photo
Oast House 
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Oast house   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 6426 4542 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.0647N 0:20.9352E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 6425 4538
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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