Caught on the hop pick

When Portsmouth people decamped to Buriton to hop-pick they took the whole family. We know this child, swamped by hops in her pram was Frederica Hill, pictured about 1900. Is she one of your relatives?
When Portsmouth people decamped to Buriton to hop-pick they took the whole family. We know this child, swamped by hops in her pram was Frederica Hill, pictured about 1900. Is she one of your relatives?
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From here to beer – these Portsmouth families were among the scores who trekked up the old A3 to Buriton each year to pick hops.

Every September until the 1960s they made the journey to the fields surrounding the village and nearby Weston.

Giant hop baskets had to be filled and all the family joined in

Giant hop baskets had to be filled and all the family joined in

They spent a few weeks living in huts and picking hops on the farms in the shadow of the South Downs, just south of Petersfield.

These atmospheric photographs will be among dozens on display at the Buriton Heritage Bank exhibition on Saturday.

Meanwhile, do you recognise any relatives in these four pictures?

The heritage bank, established in 2001 and coordinated by Buriton Village Association, has compiled a huge number of photographs and recollections on all aspects of the village’s history and has produced nine books on life in the area.

And there will be an added attraction this year, as special bottles of Buriton Jubilee Ale will be available – made using hops similar to those grown in the parish years ago and with attractive old photos of bygone Buriton on the labels.

But the organisers warn that there are limited supplies.

Giant-sized copies of scores of old postcards of the parish will also be on display.

Doug Jones, the chairman of the association and coordinator of the Bank project, says: ‘We’ve collected almost 100 different postcards of the village, some dating from more than 100 years ago.

‘We have had them all reproduced so they are much larger than normal. Everyone can look at them and see how the village has changed over the decades.’

Hundreds of people have taken part in the Heritage Bank project – from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Florida, Canada and the West Indies, as well as much closer to home.

But the organisers are always looking for more. ‘Perhaps readers can help us with more photographs and memories about Buriton?’ adds Doug.

If you think you have interesting information about the parish, but are unable to attend the exhibition, contact Doug on (01730) 231326 or via the Heritage Bank at buriton.org.uk

· The exhibition is in Buriton village hall on September 29 from 11am until 4pm. Free admission.