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 and a quarter high; roundish, and obtusely ribbed. Skin, of a golden yellow colour, mottled with crimson on the shaded side, and dark red covered with dark crimson streaks on the side next the sun. Eve, small and closed, set in a rather deep angular and plaited basin. Stamens, marginal or median; tube, long, funnel-shaped. Stalk, very short, set in a shallow, close cavity, and generally with a fleshy swelling on one side of it. Flesh, yellowish white, tender, juicy, sweet, and finely perfumed. Cells, obovate; axile, open.
A useful kitchen apple. The tree a great and constant bearer. October to January.
This is the cottager's apple par excellence in that part of Sussex which is conterminous to Surrey and Kent. It originated at Forge Farm, near one of the old forges in the iron districts of Sussex, near Crawley.
Fruit, small, two inches wide, and an inch and three-quarters high; ovate, even and symmetrical in outline. Skin, yellow and russety, with a tinge of reddish brown on the side next the sun. Eye, small and open, with short divergent segments, set in a ribbed basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a small narrow cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, juicy, rich, and highly flavoured. Cells, ovate; axile.
One of the best dessert apples, with the flavour of Nonpareil and Golden Pippin. November to April. The tree is a great bearer, but is tender and subject to canker. It is well adapted for dwarf bushes, and espaliers when grafted on the paradise stock.
This variety was raised by Thomas Seton Forman, Esq., Pennydarron Place, near Merthyr Tydvil.
Fruit, medium sized; roundish, and rather irregular in its outline, being somewhat ribbed, sometimes inclining to oblate. Skin, greenish yellow on the shaded side, but almost entirely covered with crimson, and streaked with the same colour on the side next the sun. Eye, closed, set in an even basin. Stalk, half an inch long, rather deeply inserted. Flesh, yellow, with a greenish tinge, firm, crisp, juicy, brisk, sugary, and with a rather rich flavour.
Fruit, below medium size, two inches and a half wide, and two inches and an eighth high; roundish, narrowing a little towards the crown, even and regular in its outline, and with a curved axis. Skin, dark green, becoming paler as it ripens, strewed with tracings of russet and russet dots, especially over the crown and round the stalk, and occasionally with some broken streaks of crimson on the side next the sun. Eye, rather large and wide, open, with spreading, sharp-pointed segments, set in a narrow, shallow basin, as in the old Nonpareil. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, half an inch to three-quarters long, rather stout, and inserted in a wide and moderately deep cavity. Flesh, greenish, firm, and crisp, juicy, and with a fine Nonpareil flavour. Cells, round or roundish obovate; axile, closed.
An excellent dessert apple; in use from November till Christmas. It has some resemblance in shape to the old Nonpareil.