since about Victorian times (roughly 1837 on)
One of the first residential history courses that I did in Kent (decades ago) was fascinated with the role hop picking played in the life of city families. People who lived in crowded city squalour all year long... could have fresh air, decent food and a bit of family fun once a year. Your mum remembered it was hard physical labour. I hope her family was paid decently for their hop picking. Were their living conditions decent enough? Families returned year after year after year, so the idea of a working holiday must not have frighted them away.
She remembers it as a bit rough but then I think standards were different.
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