In this inventory dated 1911 and for the transfer of Morley Farm Northiam to a new tenant; Frederick Comport, the section on Hops is rather less detailed and clearly this farm had a smaller acreage of Hops and was a smaller overall holding. However, much of detail of the hop gardens and the equipment used in the Oast is very much the same.
The various pieces of equipment etc associated either with growing or drying the Hops are listed all together under the title of Sundries. There are also some additional items that were not listed in the Inventory of 1814. Here, for example we have listed “Hop Dryers Beds” to be used by those who dried the hops and who would stay in the Oast throughout the hop picking season. The mention of “Oast Grates” and a “Coal Hearth” indicate that the Oast fire’s were still coal fired at this time. The other additional item is the listing of a “Hop presser” which would have been used to press the dried hops into the “pockets”. In 1814 is likely that the pressing of dried hops would have been a purely manual task.
In the Hop gardens a similar method of notation is used with the number of “hills”, type of “pole work” and number of poles per hill listed. Perhaps the most significant difference in the two inventories is the indication of a lack of change that has taken place in approx one hundred years in the growing and harvesting of Hops. The only indication of mechanisation is to be found in the mention of the Hop presser. As with the 1814 inventory the writer was meticulous in his recording of Hop garden names.
“Remains of pump and lead pipe. Labor to brick tank by Yard. 2 Circular Oast hairs. 23×13 Oast Hairs. 2 picks, 2 sifters, 2 scuppets (scubbets). Rake and 3 brooms. 12 Oast grates. Hop stage poles. 2 hop driers beds. Hop presser. Coal hearth. Hop pole dipping tank and brickwork. Gridnstone and winch. Labour to bullock crib in the yard. 140 16foot lee poles by Pear Tree”.
Sherbourne Bridge Garden
8752 Hills. 2 pole work. Fuggles. Lee poles 1377.
3026 Hills. 3 pole work. Fuggles. Lee poles 1075
3096 hills. 3 pole work. Fuggles.
Striking up every alley.
Binding bines in all Gardens”.