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Caption for Tonbridge, Hop Washing 1890: A team of farm-workers undertakes the laborious task of spraying a field of hops with liquid soap, or possibly a copper solution, to ward off insects and fungal disease as the crop nears harvesting. The process, using hand pumps attached to the horse-drawn reservoirs, was not very efficient. It was interspersed with dusting the growing vines with sulphur and nicotine compounds, but was essential. It was not unknown for entire crops to be laid waste if this work was not undertaken at regular intervals during the growing season.

Memories of Tonbridge

I started Bank Street school in 1955 ,my name was Angela Seale then.My teacher was Mrs Cooper ( she had been my mothers teacher as well ! ).The class room was right at the top of the building at the front,our delight was if the fire engine went out on a call and we were allowed to go to the window to watch . At 7 I went (...Read full memory)

In 1978 I had my first Saturday job at Gunners in Tonbridge (on the corner of Lyons Crescent and the High Street - now Parkers Kitchens and Bathrooms, with the original building gone). Gunners was a very old-fashioned drapers store and I was to assist a Mrs Reddy (lovely lady) on the haberdashery stand - which was a (...Read full memory)

My parents moved to the village of Golden Green in about 1956, , to run the village shop and post office. At first I was sent to Sussex Road school, but soon moved me as one of the first intake to the New Hugh Christie, a brand new school, head teacher was Mr Howard, science teacher was Mr Taylor, Mr (...Read full memory)

yes remember the bull demolished i and built Macfisheries supermarket in its place left my job with my mate Dave Palmer, we were both employed by Billy Horsborough who was the manager for better buying supermarket and the green grocer next door opposite fortes cafe and what used to be Burtons the tailors to go and work there (...Read full memory)

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