The small town of Paddock Wood grew up around the railway in 1842 which provided access for local fruit growers and hop farmers to London and the coast.
Hop pickers used to come on their annual summer ‘holiday’ to this area and spent the summer in the surrounding fields.
The area has a long history in the hop and fruit growing industries.
The oast houses are a reminder of this heritage and are very common in the area around Paddock Wood.
These eccentric looking buildings were used to dry the hops with the topmost cylinder turning in the wind to allow the air to circulate.
Nowadays some people are lucky enough to live in them, even though they are a furnishing challenge!
Today, Paddock Wood continues to be a hub for the country’s hop growing industry and vegetable and fruit distribution.
It supplies large national supermarkets, small real ale and cider makers as well as Europe.
Local produce continues to be important to the nearby region too.
Nearby roadside stalls sell seasonal fruit and vegetables including apples, strawberries, asparagus, and cherries.