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 a half wide, and two inches and a quarter high; roundish, but narrowing a little towards the eye, with five prominent angles on the sides, which terminate in ridges round the apex, rendering the shape distinctly five-sided. Skin, deep golden yellow on the shaded side, but red, which is striped and mottled with darker red, on the side next the sun; marked with patches and veins of thin grey russet, and strewed all over with russety dots. Eye, half open, with broad, flat segments, set in an angular and plaited basin. Stamens, median; tube, short, funnel-shaped. Stalk, half an inch long, deeply inserted in a round cavity. Flesh, yellow, firm, crisp, juicy, rich, sugary, and highly flavoured. Cells, obovate; axile.
Originated at Green Street, near Sittingbourne, in Kent, with a tailor of the name of Wanstall, about the beginning of the present century.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and three-quarters wide, and two inches and a quarter high; roundish, obtusely angular, and terminating at the crown in four or five more or less prominent ridges. Skin, greenish yellow, becoming more yellow at maturity, with a brownish red cheek where exposed to the sun; on the shaded side it is more or less marked with dull grey russet. Eye, rather closed, with erect convergent segments, which are divergent at the points, set in a rather deep basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, about half an inch long, deeply imbedded in the cavity. Flesh, firm, crisp, juicy, sweet, and with a pleasant sub-acid flavour. Cells, obovate; axile, closed or slit.
A dessert apple, in use from October till Christmas, much grown in Cheshire, and which derives its name from the village of Waverham (pronounced Wareham) in that county.
Fruit, very large, four inches wide, and three inches and a half high; roundish and depressed or ovate, obtusely angular, broad at the base. Skin, grass-green, changing to uniform clear deep yellow as it ripens, strewed with russety dots and patches of pale brown russet. Eye, small and closed, with long convergent segments, and set in a narrow, deep, and slightly angular basin. Stamens, median, or basal inclining to median; tube, conical or funnel-shaped. Stalk, about half an inch long, deeply inserted in a round, funnel-shaped cavity, which is lined with thin yellowish brown russet. Flesh, white, tender, crisp, and juicy, with a fine, brisk, and sub-acid flavour. Cells, roundish ovate; abaxile.
A culinary apple of first-rate quality; in use from November to March.
The tree is a free and vigorous grower, and a good bearer; very hardy, and not subject to disease.
The original name of this was simply King Apple, by which it was known to Forsyth and others at the end of last century. The name Warner's King was given to it by the late Mr. Rivers, of Sawbridgeworth, who some years ago received it from Mr. Warner, a small nurseryman, of Gosforth, near Leeds, as the King Apple, and by way of distinguishing it he called it Warner's King. It is a noble apple, and it is not surprising that it should have acquired so many synonymes. It was found at Weavering, in Kent, under the name of Weavering, and being grown by Mr. Killick, an orchardist at Langley, it obtained his name; while a nurseryman at Chester called it David T. Fish.