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    Default Home from home!

    Once a familiar sight in these parts, a row of hoppers' huts where families of hop pickers (traditionally from East London) came to stay for a few weeks each autumn to earn some much-needed extra cash.
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    Many such huts were flimsy tin structures (as above) whereas others were built wholly or partly in brick (similar to the buildings below, although I'm not 100% certain that these were used for that purpose).
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    Default (Almost) hidden in plain sight

    Many oasts are naturally found in amongst other farm buildings, meaning that they can be difficult to photograph even if quite close to a road or a footpath, with sometimes just the cowl and part of the conical or pyramidal roof visible.
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    The first example above is almost in a village setting whereas the second two below are from a more typical farmstead out in the countryside.
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    As a matter of interest how many oasts still exist ? Is there a register,perhaps by county ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    As a matter of interest how many oasts still exist ? Is there a register,perhaps by county ?
    There's about 50 hop growers left: I don't think any still use the traditional round or square brick kilns, but I might well be wrong. Some use 'American Oasts'-big barnlike buildings with louvres in the roof,but the same principle, but most have gone over to in bin drying.
    Unconverted/converted oasts: some are Listed, but not all. There is a person (or group) that photographs oasts and other buildings.https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/368027
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wittenden View Post
    There's about 50 hop growers left: I don't think any still use the traditional round or square brick kilns, but I might well be wrong. Some use 'American Oasts'-big barnlike buildings with louvres in the roof,but the same principle, but most have gone over to in bin drying.
    Unconverted/converted oasts: some are Listed, but not all. There is a person (or group) that photographs oasts and other buildings.https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/368027
    Thanks for the info. I have seen youtube videos of how hops are picked and dried these days which was interesting.

    I suppose if most traditional old oasts are now listed,a trawl through listed building data would be a way of estimating the total number,but that's not my strong point

    But a quick search of wiki came up with 3,500 in the UK,so maybe that's just going to have to be the answer
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    Default An 'American oast'

    Quote Originally Posted by Wittenden View Post
    Some use 'American Oasts'-big barnlike buildings with louvres in the roof
    I was going to put up some pictures from another working hop garden, but the sunset over the orchards on the way back was so splendid I changed my plan... and then Wittenden goes and mentions 'American oasts'. So if that's the order of the day, here's a fine (converted) example that we've passed a couple of times on our recent Boris walks.
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    Default Sunset over the orchards

    Quote Originally Posted by rpadam View Post
    I was going to put up some pictures from another working hop garden, but the sunset over the orchards on the way back was so splendid I changed my plan... and then Wittenden goes and mentions 'American oasts'.
    Actually, as a bonus, I'll put the sunset pictures up as well!
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    Default And here are the promised hops...

    Yesterday, I promised some pictures of another working hop garden, so here they are (and the growth starting to show can be compared with the pictures in post #117).
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