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Re: 20/10/1853. 35 hop pickers perish near Hadlow.
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Re: 20/10/1853. 35 hop pickers perish near Hadlow.
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2014, 12:44:26 »
The Commemorative Plaque sited under the modern Hartlake Bridge:

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Re: 20/10/1853. 35 hop pickers perish near Hadlow.
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2012, 09:16:35 »
There is a whole chapter, The Hartlake Hoppers, about this tragedy in a book entitled Kent Headlines by Alan Bignell.
Briefly this is what happened. It had been an exceptionally wet season that year, the Medway had overflowed at Hadlow, flooding each side.  On the evening of October 25th the pickers (employed on Cox’s farm) had finished for the day and were being ferried back to the other side of the river.  Local people were taken home first, and then the waggoner returned to collect about 40 of the ‘strangers’ (hoppers down from London.)  The wagon was loaded with hoppers and the ‘pikes’ of hops and weighed about 2 ton. When they reached the Hartlake bridge, John Waghorn, the waggoner, climbed onto the back of the lead horse so he would not have to wade through the flood water on the ground at both ends of the timber bridge.  It would seem the water was so deep it came up to the knees of the horses, so this would also have helped him to control them rather than lead them through the water.  It was when the lead horse was nearing the other side of the bridge that the horse behind it stumbled. The wagon swerved and hit the side of the bridge with such force as to break it and the wagon, all those inside it and the horses and riders thrown into the water.  The current was exceptionally fast because of the heavy rains and 30 died.

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Re: 20/10/1853. 35 hop pickers perish near Hadlow.
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2012, 23:24:01 »
More on the Hartlake tragedy can be found @ www.bbc.co.uk/kent/romany_roots/hartlake/
Photos, inquest, documentary, song, and more.

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Re: 20/10/1853. 35 hop pickers perish near Hadlow.
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2009, 00:15:15 »
Hi.

Ta for the photo's Riding With The Angels, shame that memorial a bit shabby.

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Re: 20/10/1853. 35 hop pickers perish near Hadlow.
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2009, 23:53:46 »
Hi again.

Came across this disaster in a book, 'A Grim Almanac of Kent' by W.H. Johnson.

'After working at Thomson's farm at Golden Green workers and their families left for their lodgings at Tudley. On the bridge at Hartlake, over the Medway, a wagon went over the side and threw its passengers into the water. 35 people died with their ages ranging from 2 to 69. A monument exists in St Mary's Church Hadlow'.

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20/10/1853. 35 hop pickers perish near Hadlow.
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2009, 00:14:17 »
Hi again.

Came across this disaster in a book, 'A Grim Almanac of Kent' by W.H. Johnson.

'After working at Thomson's farm at Golden Green, workers and their families left for their lodgings at Tudley. On the bridge at Hartlake, over the Medway, a wagon went over the side and threw its passengers into the water. 35 people died with their ages ranging from 2 to 69. A monument exists in St Mary's Church Hadlow'.

Jayzi.

 

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