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    Some interesting differences (part 3)

    The "oast on a nearby farm" mentioned yesterday is here (if you look closely...):
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    Most obviously, you can see the two traditional white cowls mounted - rather incongruously - atop an...
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    I was dubious at first, thinking that this would...

    I was dubious at first, thinking that this would be merely spin and hype from the Marston's PR team, but there is actually a lot in interesting information in here (including if you are thinking of...
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    Some interesting differences (part 2)

    The hops shown in yesterday's post are taken to an oast on a nearby farm which also has its own hop gardens, with the ones visible from another footpath in the neighbouring parish also using the...
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    No, it's not!

    No, it's not!
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    So, when the music stopped, the parcel marked...

    So, when the music stopped, the parcel marked 'Youngs' was in the lap of some chap from Copenhagen?
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    Some interesting differences (part 1)

    Another fine (if windy) evening, so after work we set off on a quest to find some more hops, and ending up seeing far more things to note than initially expected.
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    Firstly, these hops...
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    Historic oast

    If you have bought a Westerham Brewery bottle in a National Trust gift shop (or the same beers from elsewhere), the hops were almost certainly dried in this imposing traditional oast that sits above...
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    Heritage hops

    Since it was such wonderful weather, we went for a trek after finishing work to find another operational hop farm, first seen from a distance and then getting increasingly close.
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    Thank you - another mystery solved!

    Thank you - another mystery solved!
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    Old school

    On our way to find the modern "hop processing facility" and newly planted hop garden on Sunday, we cycled round a loop to find another hop grower in another parish a few miles away.
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    Optimism?

    BBC News: Coronavirus: Pubs call time on two metre rule.
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    Progress?

    Built by the same outfit that has just planted yesterday's new hop garden, this huge "hop processing facility" (which I think is Euro-babble the funding bodies wanted instead of "oast" on the sign)...
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    The newest hop garden...

    Spurred on by Wittenden's report, we cycled out in the appropriate direction to try to find the newly planted hop garden. Just when we thought we must have somehow missed it, here is what we found....
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    A fine example

    We've had a picture of this 2½-storey oast before (see the first picture in post #122), but that really doesn't do the place justice, so here are another couple of views (taken on another Boris walk...
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    Blimey! I know that the coronavirus has changed...

    Blimey! I know that the coronavirus has changed things beyond imagination, but I'm really starting to worry now...
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    A miscellany of roofs (or should that be rooves?)

    So what do we have here?
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    One square oast with a cowl? Yes. Two cowl-less roundels with what looks like shingle-clad conical roofs? Sort of. And another cowl-less square kiln? Not quite......
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    Speculation

    From the Morning Advertiser: Scaled down social distancing ‘might just save’ pubs.
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    That's a stage I've never seen in my 'x' decades,...

    That's a stage I've never seen in my 'x' decades, although I know that the only active hop growers near home have replanted their various gardens on a cyclic basis, usually with one lying fallow for...
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    Perspective...

    This oast is unusually located at the top of quite a steep hill, close by The Bull Inn at Linton which has a spectacular view over an 'amphitheatre' of orchards from its rear beer garden.
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    Remains...

    It's a bit difficult to make out, but there is a disused hop garden in the field beyond, with the wirework still supported on poles but the plants removed and replaced by grass.
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    Although hop...
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    A bit back to front?

    This one is an unusual oast, with a slightly offset arrangement of two square kilns at each end of a surprisingly large stowage building, perhaps allowing for further expansion?
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    That sounds more plausible than anything I could...

    That sounds more plausible than anything I could think of, and I suspect that this pair of roundels with have their day again when the farmer needs to boost his pension pot!
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    A puzzle

    This is an odd one - the remains of an oast with two roundels, unusually set in a remote location surrounded by orchards on the slopes above the former hop gardens on the lower-lying ground, rather...
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    Thanks!

    Thanks!
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