Variety Place of origin Description A B
Arlingham Schoolboys Gloucestershire General purpose variety, the last tree in Arlingham died in the late 1990’s. E.C. M25, MM106
Ashmeads Kernel Gloucestershire An excellent dessert apple. Gloucestershire’s most famous apple started in 1700 but not recognised much outside the county for nearly 300 years after its birth. E.5. M25, MM106
Blenheim Orange An old favourite, good keeper, sweet nutty flavour. E.C.3. M25, MM106
Bramley       Nottingham Most popular cooker,  19th Century. C.3. M25, MM106
Cornish Gilliflower  Dark red flush with red stripes over gold. Intensely flavoured, rich and aromatic. First grown in 1800.  E.4. M.S.
Chaceley Kernel     M25
 Chaxhill Red Gloucestershire A general purpose variety but best known for cider. In 1873 it won a First Class Certificate for cider at Gloucester. First raised by Squire Bennett of Chaxhill House, Chaxhill, Westbury-on-Severn. Squire Bennett who owned the Chaxhill Estate was interested in fruit production and his tenants’ farms were well stocked with a broad range of apple and other fruit varieties. He was a friend of William Viner Ellis of nearby Minsterworth Court. William Viner Ellis is much mentioned by R. Hogg in The Fruit Manual (1884).  He helped Hogg find a number of rare varieties of apple tree. Ci M.S.
Court Pendu Plas     M.S.
Dabinett Somerset Excellent quality, bittersweet cider apple. 19th century. Ci.5. MM106, M25
Discovery Excellent early dessert apple, crisp and juicy with a hint of strawberry. Reliable and has good disease resistance. E.3. MM106
Dymock Red Gloucestershire  A very old vintage cider variety from the village of its name. Also useful for dessert and culinary purposes. Ci. M.S.
Eden Gloucestershire  A dessert variety with Cox in its parentage, started in 1948 at Fon’s Orchard between Falfield and Thornbury. E. M.S.
Flower of the West Gloucestershire A small rare russet apple. The tree is also fairly small. E. M.S.
 Gloucestershire Underleaf  A well known and much loved variety throughout Gloucestershire. It can be eaten fresh, cooked or made into cider. C.E.Ci M.S.
 Golden Noble Large handsome round fruit. Pale green skin ripening to golden yellow. Occasional pink flush. Cream coloured flesh with high vitamin C content. Good sharp flavour needing little added sugar. Ideal for apple pies as it keeps some of its shape when cooked. Keeps well losing some of its sharpness such that it can be used as a dessert apple in the spring.  E.C. MM106
Golden Spire Found in Lancashire in about 1850. Introduced by Richard Smith, nurseryman, of Worcester. In Gloucestershire, where it was grown as a cider apple, it is known as Tom Matthews. Quite widely grown in the late 19th century and also recommended as a decorative tree due to its weeping habit. A distinctly shaped, tall, oblong apple. Light green becoming golden yellow when fully ripe. Deep cream flesh with quite intense, almost cidery flavour. Sharp and juicy. Cooks to a yellow puree, slightly brisk and well flavoured. Self-fertile C.Ci M.S.
Harry Masters Jersey Also known as ‘Port Wine’ well known for it’s full bitter sweet cider Ci.5. M25
Hen’s Turd’s Gloucestershire  A cider variety from Rodley. How it earned its disparaging name is a mystery. Ci. MM106, M25, M.S.
Jackets and Waistcoats Gloucestershire Also known as ‘Jackets and Petticoats’ in its home village of Ashleworth. Found to be the same as ‘Ribston Pippin’ after DNA test. E. MM106 M25
Kingston Black Somerset One of the best known vintage cider varieties, medium bittersharp. Somerset 19th century. Ci.3. M25
Lakes Kernel Gloucestershire A really nice dessert variety from Ashleworth. Thought to have been first grown by Bill Lake of Hartpury, a blacksmith, now deceased. He had a blacksmith’s shop opposite the Royal Exchange public house.  Descendants of Mr Lake still live in the neighbourhood of Ashleworth to-day (2000). E. M.S.


Laxton’s Superb Sweet and similar to Cox, hardy and reliable. 19th century. E.4. MM106
Leathercoat Gloucestershire First recorded mention in Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 2 when Davy says to Bardolph: There is a dish of Leathercoats for you, the scene is laid in Gloucestershire. E. MM106
Lodgemore Nonpareil Gloucestershire A dessert variety raised by Mr Cook of Lodgemore nr Stroud in 1808 E. M.S.
 Morgan Sweet Early sweet cider/dessert apple E.Ci M25
Newton Wonder Excellent late keeping, yellow and red apple, cooks to a juicy mild puree, or a fruity eater after storing, 19th century. E.C.5. M25
Red Foxwhelp A vintage cider variety Ci M25
Rheads Reinette Gloucestershire A really nice dessert apple. Raised from seed by William Rhead (1852-1955) at either Elton Farm, Elton or Peglars Farm, Flaxley. E. M25


 Somerset Redstreak  Popular, bittersweet cider apple. First grown in 1917.  Ci M25
Spartan A popular, reliable dessert variety. Medium sized, round-conical fruit. Dark maroon flush over a pale yellow skin. White, crisp, juicy flesh. Sweet but with some acidity. Needs to be left on the tree for as long as possible for the flavour to develop. E. MM106, M25
Tom Matthews See Golden Spire    
Tom Putt First grown in 1700, a popular duel purpose variety. C.Ci M25
Tydeman’s Late Orange Reliable, rich, sweet, aromatic and trouble free. E.3. MM106
Worcester Pearmain A reliable cropper of fairly early fruit (September). Sweet and juicy with a strawberry flavour. E.3. MM106
Yarlington Mill Somerset Well known medium sweet cider apple. First grown around 1900 Ci. M25
Yellow Willy Gloucestershire Small yellow dessert apple, probably from Lydney. Another burrnott (see Welsh Druid) E. MM106


Key ‘A’      (Uses + flowering period if known)

E = Eater (Dessert)   C = Cooker (Culinary)   Ci = Cider.

1 = Early  to  5 = Late

Key ‘B’     (Rootstock availability}

MM106 =semi vigorous

M25 + Malus Seedling = vigorous


Maidens  = £15.00

Bush       = £18-00

Half Standard = £20.00

Straightlead     = £20.00