A selection of hop picking tools in wood and metal.
The hop industry made a permanent mark on the landscape with the building of the characteristic Kentish oast house, used for drying and packing the hops. Kent has long been and is still associated with the hop growing and brewing industries with local brewer Shepheard Neame claiming to be Britain’s oldest established brewer.
Growing hops for beer making has been an important industry in Kent, including the High Weald area around Tunbridge Wells, since the 1500s. Hops were originally trained up vertical poles before the introduction of stringing in the Victorian era.
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