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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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Coordinates

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

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

District: Tonbridge and Malling

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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Listing Text

HADLOW CHURCH STREET
TQ 63 49

7/24 Hoppers Memorial approx 20m
- east south east of the chancel
of Church of St Mary

GV II

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 churchard.
In the midst of life we are in death.

The other 3 sides list their names and ages. Their ages ranged from 18-50
years along with 4 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 11
survivors.

Source: A memorial board in the church tower.


Listing NGR: TQ6350049686

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