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Hop pickers in Alton district

Brief Description

Hop pickers in the Alton area, early 20th century.

Subject Date

Early 20th century

Owner

Hampshire Library and Information Service

Contributor

Hampshire Library and Information Service

Full Description

Growing, picking and drying hops was a major business for those in the Alton area, even before they were put to use in the breweries, throughout the 19th century and up to the 1960s. Hop picking time in particular would see large numbers of travellers, gypsies and itinerant workers descend on Alton, indeed whole families would come from Portsmouth and Southampton as well as many from London to spend some weeks in the fresh air and earn some money. Hop picking would start in late August or early September and would last about five weeks. In this picture can be seen a family picking hops into a 5 or 6 bushel basket, the basket would then be taken to the tally man for recording before it was emptied into a surplice for transport to the hop kiln.

Place

Alton, East Hampshire District, Hampshire

Subject

people, farm worker, hop, hop picker, harvest

Content Type

Postcard

Location

Alton Library

Collection

Images

Object ID/Record ID

O1822

Image ID

4391
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Hampshire Library and Information Service - Hampshire County Council
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