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An Afternoon at the hop farm

 
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Crow wing



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 7:08 am    Post subject: An Afternoon at the hop farm  Reply with quote

As some of you may know I live in a part of the country that was once famous for the production of hops. So yesterday I paid a visit to the Whitbread hop farm.

The shires for which the farm was once famous seem to have sadly been reduced to just 2 pairs.

Some of the old drays in the museum.


How about this for a ringer, the terrier racing was won by a whippet!!


A parade of Newfoundlands with their drays. Apologies to the bald woman I didnt realise she was in shot)

Ferret racing.

The usual falconry display.

But for some the afternoon was just too much like hard work!
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing the photos.

Where abouts was it you went to, I'm a Bedfordshire lass and Whitbreads had it's head office in Luton. my home town!

Boy those pigs are ugly! :hello2:
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Crow wing



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The hop farm is at Paddock Wood, about 5 miles from Tonbridge. When I was younger the whole surrounding area was hop gardens but not any more.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a shame eh! Lovely setting.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics.

I remember following the hop carts along the road but not any more. The smell of the hops when they are brewing is very strong. Where do they get them from nowdays?
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is just the sort of post that I was hoping this section would attract
So, thats two places that OTG forum folk might wish to visit.
Well done Crow wing, it looks as though you had a good day out. Now how about some other places being put on the OTG map ? :-) :-) :-)
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Pheasant Plucker



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crow wing wrote:
The hop farm is at Paddock Wood, about 5 miles from Tonbridge. When I was younger the whole surrounding area was hop gardens but not any more.


I use to visit their most bank holidays,i was born in a pretty little village that was near Rochester on the North Downs,next to the area the Darling Buds of May was filmed.

I now reside in Lincolnshire...... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Us London ragamuffins used to go "Hopping" for our holidays. :pale:

You could spend a few days in that area.
Chartwell House.
Hever Castle.
Leeds Castle.
Chatham Historic Dock yard.
Rochester.
Canterbury.
Whitstable. etc. etc.

Done them all and all worth a visit. In fact for those of you up t'north or in the areas a bit further afield I would recommend a week or twos holiday in "The Garden of England". [smilie=pdt_aliboronz_24.gif]
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:44 pm    Post subject: Re: An Afternoon at the hop farm Reply with quote

Crow wing wrote:
The shires for which the farm was once famous seem to have sadly been reduced to just 2 pairs.


It's a real shame about the horses, I visited a couple of times a few years back when they had loads.Dad also used to go every couple of weeks or so, stangely enough he hasn't been there for ages, in fact I'm 100% certain his visits have reduced with the horse numbers. Apparently the decision not to have so many horses was something to do with the grandson or granddaughter taking over. Cost too much and didn't bring in enough visitors or some such twaddle. I know why I used to go there :-)

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