Where to find the best apples in Berkshire

In advance of neighbouring Iver’s annual Apple Day last week the Slough Express’s Lara Cory last week published a little snippet of local history.

What better way to celebrate National Apple Day on Saturday, than to find out about Berkshire’s rich heritage in apple growing.

The most famous apple in the world was raised in Colnbrook by Richard Cox, a retired brewer from Bermondsey, who moved to Colnbrook to pursue his passion for horticulture. He lived there on two acres of land in the area of Rodney Way and Daventry Close on the north side of the old Bath Road.

In about 1825 Richard Cox planted two seeds from a Ribston Pippin. It’s believed he pollinated those plants with a Blenheim Orange. Years later, when the trees had fruited, he realised they had potential and were later to be known as the Cox’s Orange Pippin and Cox’s Pomona. In 1836 Pippin supplied some grafts to R. Small & Son, the local nurseryman which was located behind Nursery Cottage on the south side of the High Street. They then sold the first trees in 1840.

The Cox’s Orange Pippin and Cox’s Pomona remained nationally unknown until Charles Turner of the Royal Nurseries, Slough, started to promote them in 1850. The original Cox’s Orange Pippin tree is thought to have blown down in a gale in 1911, but two sixty year old trees were seen still standing in the garden in 1933, presumably direct grafts from the original.

Read more of the article here.

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