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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Highland Twins at the Chalet School
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In Michelle Magorian's A Spoonful of Jam the working class family go to Kent to work in the hop fields as a yearly event, staying in primitive sounding huts or cabins. It's considered the family 'holiday' and includes grandma, children etc.


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Rose-Next-Door (100 on 2nd August DV) used to go hop picking with friends from the East End. We have only chatted briefly about it but I will do some more digging when I am back home at the end of July for her birthday.

From what I remember her saying a very good time was had by all....

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Conditions were poor in the middle decades of the 19th century, when the railways first enabled the mass migration of workers to the hopfields. (Special trains used to run from London Bridge at the start of the hopping season.) No proper water supply or sanitary arrangements, and outbreaks of cholera. Probably no worse than the normal living conditions of many of the families back home, though.

Conditions gradually improved, until by the 20th century conditions were probably equivalent to a camping or caravan holiday. Churches operated missions in the hopfields, too.

My mother went hop picking during the war in a family group. She earned enough in two weeks to buy herself new shoes and a new winter coat. She says the farmer gave them big sacks which they filled with clean straw to make beds.

Some of the regular pickers used to furnish their huts for the month with things brought from home, though. Rolled up mattresses and everything but the kitchen sink loaded onto the baby's pram.

People I know who grew up in hop growing areas say the combination of the locals, the Londoners and the Gypsies meant things could get quite lively at times.


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My Dad, born October 1939, remembers going hop picking when he was a boy. He is from West London (Hammersmith). Probably late 1940's - early 1950's.

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