Until the 60's the hops were picked into a bin by hand, then the Mill Farm introduced a Hop picking machine. I can remember the working Oast Houses at Mill Farm and the farm behind the Post Office, there are also Oasts in Cannon Lane farm and Pelican Farm but I am not sure when they stopped being used. Tractors would be seen running from the Hop Garden to the Oast Houses constantly.
This is a photo of my Mum & her Mum Hop Picking at Mill Farm in the 40's. Behind them is a large Victorian greenhouse installed by Richard Fremlin who lived in the house then called May Lodge, later Broomsdown. By the 1940’s I think Canon Keys lived there.
My brother Brian Gilham and Elizabeth Marchant Hop Picking in Wateringbury around 1967/8