Old Ledbury - Hop Picking

Hop Picking

Hop Picking

1904, Place Unknown
[Hop Picking]
Postcard dated Ledbury September 16 1904. Sent to my great aunt Alice when she was working in Surrey. Text "Dear Alice, Received letter, skirt looks a treat. Miss GREEN got married yesterday looked simply lovely. Jim's Alice ( DANCE ) came yesterday. I get on a treat as BEVAN and GRIFFIN ( ? ) Your aff sister Jennie".
Photo Jenny LAWRENCE ( Gough ) Collection JL27
 
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1907, Withens Farm
[Hop Picking]
Postcard dated Ledbury October 1907, ...
Photo Tony DALLEY Collection TD16
 
Is it right that the Withens Farm is now the Withers Farm on the Wellington Heath Rd?...TD
 
I particularly like the chap on the left front holding the fuel for the day. The Srumpy Cider...TD
 
Hope you dont mind but I did a bit of investigating for your initial query. I amm thinking that maybe the N in WITHENS may have been a typo by the printers...I believe it was to Miss Louisa Catherine GROVES ( single aged 32, working at Rose Place, Claines for Mr and Mrs RIGDEN as a servant ) Louisa was from Wellington Heath. The Withers is shown on Burtons Lane on old maps and is also referred to as Willows...LR
 
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Date Unknown, Round the crib at BAYNHAMS Farm
[Hop Picking]
Great Gran Elsie Mary Ann back row 2nd from right holding Elsie Mary Ann junior
Photo Chris PONTER Collection CP71
 
Baynhams is on the Hereford Road first place past Bush Pitch Cottage on the left...CP
 
Date Unknown - Group of Ledburians, from Oatleys Crescent, hop-picking at BAYNAM'S
[BAYNAMS Hop Picking]
Round the crib (left) Mrs Edith EMERY ( Walker ), Mrs Ada NEALE (right) Donald EMERY, Mrs Christine GRUBB
Clipping Brian JONES Collection Album 4 BJ145
 
Love these old hop yard pics...CP
 
My Grandad was chief drier in the kilns at BAYNHAMS for many a year...CP
 
Wow that's my nan and uncle !!...JE
 
I can remember Mr and Mrs EMERY in oatleys cresent, they lived next to Robert and Christine BAKER, such a lovely couple...VB
 
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1920s, Place Unknown
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1st left Mrs DANCE, unknown, Lilian HINDMARCH, the rest unknown
Photo Jenny LAWRENCE ( Gough ) Collection JL26
 
Love these hop picking photos. Always on the look out for my nan. She came here from Dudley to do the hops and met my grandad. Without these hops I wouldn't be here!...CE
 
I love them to part of our lives I used to have my own little crib and picked along side my mum, still to this day love the smell of hops ....CP
 
I remember picking into an upturned umbrella...JL
 
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Date and Place Unknown
[Hop Picking]
Lady in turban Elsie JONES, Bill SANDFORD with cap,
Clipping Brian JONES Collection Album 2 BJ52
 
Another great...CP
 
Love to know where!...SC
 
Fantastic photo...JL
 
Can you smell those lovely hops sure I can !!...CP
 
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Date and Place Unknown
[Hop Picking]
The PEDLINGHAM family on the right, Annie with May in her arms, with the curls Grace...
Photo Jean MESSAM ( Pedlingham ) Collection JEM2
 
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Date and Place Unknown
[Hop Picking]
Henry and Mervin GUMMERY
Photo Terry WILKINS ( Collection ) TW81
 
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Date and Place Unknown
[Hop Picking]
The HANKINS family, Mrs HANKINS with turban, front row left possibly her Mother or Mother In Law, Front right possibly Mrs ROPER and her daughter
Photo Kath CREW ( Clarke ) Collection KC6
 
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Date and Place Unknown
[Hop Picking]
Monica MADDOCKs holding the book, Jim MARSH holding the hop pocket
Photo Jolene MARSH Collection JOM1
 
Do you think the 2 ladies were the owners tallying up the bushels? They look a bit well dressed for hop picking...JL
 
Can remember the smell now. Could not get rid of the stain on the hands for ages after...BH
 
Lovely photo, Yes but a lovely smell I still get a branch every year and hang, good old days, happy memories...CP
 
My Grandad won quite a few prizes for his hop growing at BAYNHAMS...CP
 
The lady with the book was Mr MADDOCKS daughter Monica, Jim MARSH my brother in law is the one holding the hop pocket, they used to call bushel them up when they were ready to measure them. Good old days...JJ
 
Who remembers the varieties. Fuggles/Challenger/Northdown/Target/ Progress. These were all grown on Ledbury hop farms hence the street names on New Mills estate...CP
 
Yes tied many of them the fugglles were the worse used to call them ? fuggles...CP
 
I spent one season living in the Kilns at BAYNHAMS drying them. Hard hot work. They were brought up from the Hopyards in sacks which had to be tipped out and spread sack by sack then after they were dried you emptied the Kiln they had to be pushed out of the Kilns above with large wooden shovels onto the next floor down to cool off. Then the next morning they were pushed by hand down a hole in that floor to be pressed into the Hop Pockets. You had to live and sleep there constantly for a few weeks it was a 24/7 operation when the hops were being picked and you usually had to break your sleep in the middle of the night to unload a Kiln. A big barrel of Cider was always ordered from Westons for the Kiln workers and it didn't take long to empty it !!...CP
 
Never realised those street names came fron hop varieties. Also interesting to hear Fuggles. Wasn't that a name of a bar in Ledbury at some point? ...CE
 
Yes at the Feathers. Still called that I think...CP
 
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Date Unknown, Fair Tree Farm
[Hop Picking]
Albert BAILEY, James SANDFORD, Brenda DAVIS in the crib, Joey DAVIS, Mrs OWENS
Photo Brenda HILL ( Davis ) Collection BRH18
 
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Date and Place Unknown
[Hop Picking]
Brenda DAVIS with her cousins Doris STEPHENS and Ann SHIRVINGTON
Photo Brenda HILL ( Davis ) Collection BRH19
 
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Unknown, Fair Tree Farm
[Hop Picking]
2nd from the left Robert MARSH, Roberts Dad worked at the farm, his boss was Mr MADDOX
Photo Jolene MARSH Collection JOM2
 
1950's Early, Fair Tree Farm
Jack and Audrey TAYLOR - son John, Marje TAYLOR (Probert), Lucy POWELL (5 Margaret Road), Mrs DAVIS, Edie BLEI, Peter BLEI, Roy CALE, Lena CALE, Kath, Colin and Robin DAVIES...
 
[Hop Picking]
Jack TAYLOR, Marje PROBERT ( Taylor )
Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT15
 
[Hop Picking]
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Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT16
 
[Hop Picking]
Jack TAYLOR
Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT17
 
[Hop Picking]
Kath MALPAS, Lucy POWELL, Audrey TAYLOR
Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT18
 
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Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT15
 
[Hop Picking]
Audrey TAYLOR, Marje PROBERT ( Taylor )
Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT20
 
[Hop Picking]
Marje PROBERT ( Taylor ), Audrey TAYLOR, uknown
Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT21
 
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Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT22
 
[Hop Picking]
Kath MALPAS, unknown, Lucy POWELL, Marje PROBERT ( Taylor )
Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT23
 
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Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT24
 
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Photo Andrew TAYLOR Collection AT25
 
1956, ROBINSONS, Canon Frome
[Hop Picking]
Josie MOORE with her daughter Lorraine and unknown boy, Jessie GOUGH and Jenny in the background
Photo Jenny LAWRENCE ( Gough ) Collection JL25
 
God I hated hop picking ...JL
 
I loved it had a little crib next to my mums still love the smell of hops, such great times ...CP
 
The only way I like hops is in a half pint glass with a bag of crisps!...JL
 
Great times I loved it...RW
 
Maybe Munsley, Ashperton...JL
 
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[Hop Picking]
Front Jessie GOUGH with Jenny in the back Josie YEOMANS and her childern
Photo Jenny LAWRENCE ( Gough ) Collection JL28
 
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[Hop Picking]
Left of crib Jenny, back Jessie GOUGH, in front Josie YEOMANS, little boy unknown
Photo Jenny LAWRENCE ( Gough ) Collection JL24
 
Hop picking happy days...CP
 
My mum tells me I was almost born in a hop field. She had a blue light ambulance / police all the way to Hereford. I was born on the hospital patient trolley, its no wonder I love the smell of hops. ...RM
 
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1961 - Farmer DAVIS, Hill House Farm
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Front Row - Lin COLWELL, Christine TAYLOR, Elaine BRACE, Brian POWELL, Ian COLWELL, Raymond EDGE, Veronica EVANS, Denise EDGE, Shelley WILKINS
Back Row - ... WEAVER, ...WEAVER, ... WEAVER, unknown, Christine BROWN, Jean HODGETTS, Shelagh HODGETTS
Photo - Raymond EDGE Collection
 
Bushel em up !!!...BH
 
Shilling a bushel...PP
 
Remember all those earwigs!!!!...HCB
 
I loved hop picking! Do you remember when we used to help they would turn an umbrella upside down and we would pick into that. I It was great if you were chosen to be thrown into the crib after it had been emptied - the smell was amazing. Mum was called to get me once as i was washing all the other childrens hair under the pump!! ...FP
 
Just look at all those happy faces, no mobiles/ipods/xboxes etc and probabely no nothing at all, this photo should be COMPULSORY viewing in the schools today, lovely photo...TW
 
We lived on a hop farm for years love this photo I have some of the hop cribs at LEEKS at staplow and Juggs Green farm...VB
 
Loved going hop picking with my mum up to wall hills, still love the smell of hops to this day try and get a spray each year, picking in the umbrella picking out the leafs and hearing the bushler shout 1 bushel, 2 bushel etc, good good times everyone so friendly ...CP
 
I am sure that hop-picking and picking the leaves out of the crib, gave me the obsession of picking all tiny weeds out of the garden! Can remember going to Gloucester on the train after hop-picking to buy new winter clothes with the 'hop=picking money,' with my gran. M and S flannelette pyjamas! ...JB
 
Love this pic as all the children look so happy ...JK
 
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Sources
1914 Newent Reporter Newspaper - Herefordshire History
1914 - 1919 Ledbury Guardian Newspaper - Herefordshire History
1916 Tilley's Almanack
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