SU9247 : Hop garden on the slopes of the Hog's Back at Puttenham

taken 3 years ago, near to Puttenham, Surrey, Great Britain

Hop garden on the slopes of the Hog's Back at Puttenham
Hop garden on the slopes of the Hog's Back at Puttenham
I have childhood memories of hop gardens in this area - particularly where the road dropped down from the Hog's Back as it approached Farnham - but this was the first time I'd seen hops here in many years. It puzzles me that brewers make much of the virtues of traditional English hop varieties - such as Fuggles and Goldings - and yet hops have largely vanished from the English landscape.

The only other hops I have seen in recent years have been in Kent - along the old Dover road between Rainham and Faversham - though the acreage there is a tiny fraction of what it once was. It seems ironic that the great revival in English brewing of the last 30 years has to rely on hops that are not home-produced.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 2 October, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 3 October, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Village, Rural settlement 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9250 4792 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:13.3794N 0:40.6081W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9243 4796
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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