RUSHMERE EMBROIDERED Found by Andy McVeigh, former Biodiversity Officer with Bucks CC. He and his partner Julia Carey, environment officer at BCC brought a new tree and fruit to us in 2013. This very old and much decayed tree was found, alone, within Rushmere Park, formerly part of Stockgrove estate, with a history from Mediaeval times, and now in the ownership of the Greensand Trust. The estate straddles the Bucks/Beds border, in Bucks before boundary changes. The apples are quite large and beautifully coloured with broad crimson and carmine stripes, over a base of pea green and amber. Though there is insufficient evidence to ‘identify’ it as the lost 18th century Embroidered Apple, the word ‘embroidered’ suits it well and the name has been adopted by all parties. A dual purpose apple, crisp, juicy, sweet and modestly acid in October, it cooks quickly keeping most of its shape, retaining its sweetness, but developing a good tang. The apples will keep into November and December.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

RYMER An important re-introduction of this most famous ‘lost’ Yorkshire apple in 2007. Rymer is an old variety, said by Hogg to have been raised by a Mr Rymer at Thirsk. Bunyard suggests it was raised about 1750. The first record was in the Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London in 1818. It was exhibited from both Hertfordshire and Kent at the Apple and Pear Conference of 1934, at Wisley, but no named examples have been heard of since. In 2005, we discovered it to exist at the Grove Research Station in Tasmania, in their collection of heritage apples. A cooking apple, large and roundish, which is more of dessert quality in the south. Late season and keeping to January. Attractive dark buds. ** Pollination Group 3

 

 

S.T.WRIGHT A pretty cooking apple, bred by J. Allgrove, while working at the Veitchs Nursery at Middle Green, Buckinghamshire, which was later bought out by the Allgrove family. It dates from 1913 and was a cross between Peasgood’s Nonsuch and Bismarck. It was named after the Royal Horticultural Society’s Fruit Officer. Scions were given to us by Nick Houston who was close to the Allgrove family, before the death of Jim Allgrove and the demise of his nursery. Ripe in September, it cooks to a sweet yellow purée.

Pollination Group 4.

 

 

 

 

 

SAINT ALBANS PIPPIN First mentioned in 1883, it is a crisp and juicy apple with a sweet but tangy flavour. The mid-season fruit is striped red with darker red on the sunny side. Despite the name, it originally came from Kent, and not Saint Albans in Hertfordshire. Hogg said it was usually grown around Brenchley.

Pollination Group 3

 

 

SAINT CECILIA A Welsh late dessert apple raised in Monmouthshire in 1900 from Cox's Orange Pippin, open pollinated. A delicious crisp, dessert apple which has long been appreciated by amateur growers, especially in the west of England, for its sweet, juicy fruit, which has a rich, intense taste. Heavy crops. Stores until March.

Pollination Group 2

 

 

 
             

 

SAINT EDMUND'S PIPPIN Also called St. Edmund's Russet. Raised by Mr R. Harvey at Bury St. Edmunds in the mid 1800s, and first recorded at the R.H.S. in 1875. A middle season dessert russet, with sweet flesh and a rich flavour. One of the best apples for early October. Stores for a month or so. Trees are upright and spreading.

Pollination Group 3

 

 

 

 

 

SAINT MAGDALEN According to the National Apple Register (1971), drawing on other reports, it was found at Magdalen, Norfolk by H. Bridge circa 1890 and introduced by H. Goude in 1924. They called it Saint Magdalen. Morgan gives a similar history but says it was found at St Mary Magdalene, Norfolk. (Common Ground say it came from the orchard of H. Bridge at Wiggenhall St Mary, near Downham Market). The place is currently called Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen. It is a late, dessert, medium sized apple, pale green yellow, largely covered orange/red and with russet patches and dots. The flesh is firm, fine textured, sweet and slightly acid. It is ripe from October to December. A good apple.

Pollination Group 3

 

SALTCOTE PIPPIN A late dessert apple raised at Rye in Sussex and believed to be a seedling of either Radford Beauty or Ribston Pippin. It was first recorded in 1918. The large, showy fruit has crisp, juicy flesh and a rich aromatic taste. It becomes sweeter with storage. Upright trees, which crop well. Stores into January. A very enjoyable apple.

Pollination Group 3

 

 

 

 

 

 
             

 

SAM YOUNG An Irish apple from Kilkenny, known before 1818, and introduced by John Robertson, who had a nursery there. It was in the London Horticultural Society catalogue of 1826. A small apple, roundish-oblate in shape, with pale green-yellow skin which is nearly covered with grey russet and a brown-red blush in the sun. The flesh is crisp, tender, juicy, sugary and highly flavoured. Hogg adds it is ‘a delicious little dessert apple of the first quality’. Ripe in October and storing to February. Trees have a spreading habit.

Pollination Group 3

 

 

 

SANDLING Known before 1936 when it was listed in the catalogue of Bunyard Nurseries, Kent, though it originated in the West Country. A late dessert apple, rectangular and convex, yellow skinned, striped and flushed with red. The flesh is crisp, firm, yellowish and sweet. It is ripe in October, sometimes later, and lasts into the New Year. It has not been known in Britain since 1952, but we noticed it in the United States Department of Agriculture collection and obtained scions from them. **

Pollination Group 5

 

 

 

 

SANSPAREIL A good dual purpose apple grown since the late nineteenth century. Small to medium sized apples with green/yellow skin smartly striped red. Russet in the stem cavity and eye basin. Crisp, juicy fruit, with a subtle honey flavour, which keeps its shape if cooked. Pretty blossom. Ripe in October, storing until March. Heavy crops.

Pollination Group 3