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Hoppers Memorial approximately 20 metres east south east of the chancel of Church of St Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Hadlow, Kent

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Latitude: 51.223 / 51°13'22"N

Longitude: 0.34 / 0°20'24"E

OS Eastings: 563500

OS Northings: 149686

OS Grid: TQ635496

Mapcode National: GBR NQ7.8SH

Mapcode Global: VHHQ1.VJ3B

Plus Code: 9F3268FR+52

Entry Name: Hoppers Memorial approximately 20 metres east south east of the chancel of Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 19 February 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1236918

English Heritage Legacy ID: 179460

Location: Hadlow, Tonbridge and Malling, Kent, TN11

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Hadlow

Built-Up Area: Hadlow

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Hadlow

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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TQ 6349
Hoppers Memorial approximately 20 metres east south east of the chancel of Church of St Mary

Memorial to 30 hop pickers who drowned in 1853. Sandstone ashlar. Short obelisk on a projecting base. The square section shaft below has a moulded base on a one-step plinth which has sockets for iron area railings. It is inscribed in capital letters around the sides of the base. On the southern side the inscription reads:

This Monument was erected by public subscription
in memory of the Thirty hop pickers who were drowned
at the Hart Lake Bridge in a flood of the River
Medway on the 20th October, 1853, and whose bodies
were buried in this churchyard.
In the midst of life we are in death.

The other three sides list their names and ages. Their ages ranged from 18-50 years along with four infants under 6 years old, and included 16 members of the Leatherhead family.

Apparently the hop pickers were in a cart. The horse got into difficulties on the bridge and they were swept into the swollen river. There were eleven survivors.

Source: A memorial board in the church tower.

Listing NGR: TQ6350049686

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