1. During the War we used to collect nettles [Urtica dioica] which we cooked like spinach, hop tops which were crunchy, and dandelion [Taraxacum officinale] leaves which we had in salads [South Croydon, Surrey, May 2014]
2. According to my mother, Mrs Anne Wilks (b. 1918), of Whitstable, Kent:
They say that dried hops under, or in, the pillow help you sleep [Upminster, Essex, March 2011].
3. In Kent they hang up hops in their houses for luck [Kew Gardens, Surrey, January 1999].
4. Take a bunch of wild hops, crush in a linen bag and place under your pillow to induce a good night’s sleep [Bishop’s Hull, Somerset, February 1998].
Images: main, north bank of the River Thames, Richmond, London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, August 2014; upper inset, hop field, Kent/East Sussex border, Andrew Hay, August 2012; lower inset, detail of ‘stuccoed pilaster with hop plants,’ 17 Court Street, Faversham, Kent, built for local brewery company 1869, July 2014.