This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and three-quarters wide, and two inches and a half high; roundish, narrowing towards the apex, and somewhat angular on the sides. Skin, smooth, greenish yellow, with broken streaks of red, on the shaded side, but bright red, streaked with dark crimson, on the side next the sun; the whole strewed with russety dots. Eye, open, with divergent segments, placed in an angular basin, which is marked with linear marks of russet. Stamens, marginal; tube, long, conical. Stalk, short, inserted in a rather deep, round cavity, thickly lined with rough russet, which extends in ramifications over the base. Flesh, yellow, rather soft and tender,, juicy, sugary, and highly flavoured. Cells, roundish ovate; axile, slit.
This is met with about Havant and other districts in West Sussex, and on the borders of Hampshire.
Fruit, large, three inches and a quarter wide, and two inches and a quarter high; short, ovate, uneven in its outline, prominently ribbed, and with ridges round the eye. Skin, greenish yellow when ripe, with a tinge of red next the sun, which is also mottled with darker red, russety over the base. Eye, closed, deeply set in an uneven puckered basin. Stamens, median, inclining' to basal; tube, conical. Stalk, very short, deeply set in an uneven russety cavity. Flesh, white, tender, sweet, and with a slight astrin-gency. Cells, Codlin-like, elliptical; abaxile.
A large and handsome cooking apple; in use from October till December.
This is a Devonshire apple, and was received from Mr. Rendell, Netherton Manor.
Fruit, large and handsome, three inches wide, and three and a quarter high; conical or oblong. Skin, greenish yellow strewed with russety specks on the shaded side, but where exposed to the sun of a fine deep yellow, covered with rather large dark spots, which are encircled with a dark crimson ring. Eye, open, with short segments, set in a deep, plaited, and irregular basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped-Stalk, about a quarter of an inch long, inserted in a very deep and angular cavity. Flesh, yellowish white, delicate, tender, juicy, and sugary. Cells, roundish obovate; abaxile.
A very excellent apple, of first-rate quality as a culinary fruit, and also valuable for the dessert; it is in use from September to January. The tree is a strong, vigorous, and healthy grower, and a most abundant bearer.
This was first brought into notice by John Nelson, a noted WesIeyan preacher in the early days of Wesleyanism, who during his journeys, while engaged in the work of evangelisation in Yorkshire, used to distribute grafts among his friends; from this circumstance it became known as the Nelson Apple. Mr. Hugh Ronalds, who received the sort from Mr. Backhouse, of York, published it in the Pyrus Mains Brentfordiensis as Backhouse's Lord Nelson, a name which the late Mr. James Backhouse disclaimed, and, as he informed me, he preferred so excellent an apple should be a memorial of an equally excellent man.
Nelson's Glory. See Warner's King.