Visiting Hop Pickers

Every September the regular hop farm workers were supplemented by visiting workers to pick the hops.  Initially when all hop picking was done by hand, workers came mainly from London and Hastings.  In later years as hop picking became more mechanised, foreign students were employed to bring the hop bines from the hop gardens to the picking machines.

This page is an introduction for details of visiting hop pickers.  Some people have contacted me with their experiences and memories of hop picking at Bodiam.  Their details can be found by clicking the relevant photograph below.

Cathie's Story1955_nanny_chandler_-_aunt_eileen
Colin's StoryHopping Hut No. 28
Camp LifeCamp Life
In the Hop GardenBrew Up in the Hop Garden