Taken in the grounds of Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. I found these Oast Houses fascinating when I first moved to the Weald Of Kent.
In the 15th Century hops began to be grown in Kent and a flourishing brewing industry grew up nearby in London. An Oast House is a freestanding kiln for drying hops. There are usually 3 rooms in an oast; the kiln(oven), the drying room and the cooling room. Hops were dried in the drying room, usually located just above the kiln, then dragged into the cooling room before being pressed or baled into packets for transport to the breweries. The distinctive conical roof of the oast is necessary to create a good draught for the fire.