Caught on the hop – Portsmouth families’ trek up the A3

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
The Rampant at the ramparts of Portchester Castle in 1967. L to r: Peter Richardson (aka Ritchie Peters  they turned his name around) vocals, Ron Hughes guitar, Ken Hughes (his brother) drums, Don Golding bass, Mick Cooper Hammond organ.

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These Portsmouth families were among the scores who traipsed up the old A3 to Buriton, near Petersfield, each year to pick hops.

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

JPNS-24-09-12-031 RW 169c Hop Pickers''Can you identify any of these Portsmouth hop-pickers at Buriton? ENGPPP00120120921135427

JPNS-24-09-12-031 RW 169c Hop Pickers''Can you identify any of these Portsmouth hop-pickers at Buriton? ENGPPP00120120921135427

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

These atmospheric photographs will be among dozens on display at the Bygone Buriton annual local history exhibition and open day on September 27 (11am until 4pm at St Mary’s Church).

Apart from hop-picking, this year’s displays include:

The build-up to D-Day in the parish

The village school during the past 150 years, and

Changes in leisure activities from rabbit and pheasant shoots to the football and cricket teams.

There will also be a focus on the First World War and its impact on the village.

If you have any information or memorabilia you could submit for it, contact Doug Jones on 01730 231326 or go buriton.org.uk.