Tuesday 16 September 2008 5.32am
i dont have any Eastend roots.. so no personal memories
but i remember reading a detailed description of hop picking in
The Clergymans Daughter by George Orwell
(1984, Animal Farm, Down and Out in Paris and London)
also he picked hops himself and kept a diary
he mentions a song about the bushel measurer
squashing down the hops so hed be able to pay the pickers less..
When he comes to measure,
He never knows where to stop;
Ay, ay, get in the bin,
And take the bloody lot!
FYI hops are closely related to hemp
and they both (unusually i think) have separate male and female plants