Roundel diagramThe roundel had an inner circle with four furnaces which produced a constant temperature. The chimney sucked air through holes in the walls at ground level, which was then heated by charcoal or hard coal in the furnaces which passed through the hops to dry them. Sulphur was burned which turned the hops a golden colour.

Drying floorHops were placed on the drying floor.

Hop pressAfter the hops were dry they were placed on the cooling floor and later put into a sack, known as a pocket, and compressed using the hop press.


Hop pocketThe hop pocket suspended below the hop press.


Hop washerThere are various items on the ground floor including hop sprayers and an alley bodge. There is also a wim-wom used for holding the string and a post war Ferguson tractor.

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For group bookings or general enquiries, please contact:


The Hon. Curator, Brian Wimsett

01304 824969

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The Agricultural Museum Brook,
The Street,
Ashford, Kent.
TN25 5PF

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Between the beginning of June to mid-September, the museum is open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 14:00 to 17:00.

For further details, please see Opening Times and Prices