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Hop picking, late 19th century

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there was an annual migration of Londoners, mainly women and children, to the hop fields of Kent for the September hop picking season. Whole families worked for up to 4 weeks, staying in wooden huts provided by local farmers. The work was an important source of additional family income, during a season when casual work on London docks was scarce. Many of the Bryant and May match workers worked on the hop harvest.

Title Hop picking, late 19th century
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Production Date 1880s
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