Oast Houses are a venacular form of building in Kent. Oast Houses were designed for drying hops as part of the brewing process, with the crop taken in to the buildings on carts and winched up into the roof void. Vents in the roof tiles would let the breeze dry the hops gently. The most familiar Oast Houses are often circular buildings with conical roofs but there are many older ones that were built square. They began to emerge in Kent, with a few examples in Essex and Herts, around the 16th century as the growing of hops and brewing of beer began to be industrialised.
Notable Oast Houses
Oast Houses In Art & The Media
The most famous TV oast house is Buss Farm which featured in the Darling Buds of May http://www.britishpathe.com/video/oast-houses-and-orchard/query/oast
There are a small number of notable conversions of oasts for non-residential purposes include a theatre (Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, Oast house Theatre Rainham, a Youth Hostel (Capstone Farm, Rochester, another at Lady Margaret Manor, Doddington – now a residential centre for people with learning difficulties), a school (Sturry), a visitor centre (Bough Beech reservoir) offices (Tatlingbury Farm, Five Oak Green and a museum (Kent Museum of Rural Life, Sandling, Preston Street, Faversham, Wye College, Wye and the former Whitbread Hop Farm at Beltring.
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