West Malling: George Orwell

George Orwell, author of books 1984 and Animal Farm, came to West Malling in the 1930’s to give the holiday activity of hop picking a try! He later wrote … “for as a matter of fact, hop-picking is far from being a holiday and as far as wages go, no worse employment exists.” The road ‘Orwell Spike’ in Kings Hill was named after Mr Orwell’s time in the area.


More than just an activity, the West Malling Quiz Trail & Town Souvenir is full of local facts and stories. All presented in short snippets giving you lots of highlights. Complete the trail in your own time at your own pace.

24 pages - takes 1 to 2 hours - all outside - all non-contact - low cost. Lots of local history as well - explore West Malling in a new way!

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