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, of the largest size, three inches and a half wide, and three and a quarter high; conical, and very handsomely shaped, distinctly five-sided, having five prominent and acute angles descending from the apex, till they are lost in the base. Skin, fine deep sulphur yellow; of a deeper shade on the side which is exposed to the sun, and covered all over with minute russety dots, with here and there ramifying patches of russet. Eye, pretty large and open, with short ragged segments, and set in a rather shallow and angular basin. Stamens, median; tube, conical. Stalk, very short, about half an inch long, and not extending beyond the base, inserted in a round and deep cavity, lined with rough scaly russet, which branches out over a portion of the base. Flesh, yellowish, firm, crisp, and juicy, sweet, vinous, and richly flavoured. Core, very small for the size of the apple. Cells, elliptical; abaxile.
A very handsome and most desirable apple, being of first-rate quality, either as a dessert or culinary fruit; it is in use from the end of October to the beginning of January.
This seems to be comparatively little known, but it is well deserving the notice either of the fruit gardener or the orchardist; to the latter particularly, as its size, fine appearance, and handsome shape make it attractive at market, and its solid and weighty flesh gives it an advantage over many apples of its size.
Fruit, medium sized; roundish, somewhat ribbed on the sides, and flattened at both ends; broadest at the base, and narrowing towards the apex, which is terminated by prominent ridges. Skin, smooth and shining, green at first, but changing to yellow as it ripens, and with a faint tinge of red on the side exposed to the sun. Eye, half open, with long acuminate segments, set in a deep and angular basin. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a deep and irregular cavity. Flesh, greenish white, tender, juicy, sweet, rich, brisk, and aromatic.
An excellent dessert apple of first-rate quality when grown to perfection; it is in use from January to May.
Fruit, very fragrant, small; roundish oblate, very uneven in the outline from having prominent angles on the side, which extend to the crown, and form prominent unequal ridges, much like those on the London Pippin. Skin, green at first, but soon becoming golden yellow after being gathered; where exposed to the sun it is quite covered with dark bright crimson, which is streaked with darker stripes of the same colour; but where shaded, the yellow ground-colour is merely marked with pale broken stripes of red. Eye, closed, about medium size, with long leafy segments, set in a puckered depression. Stamens, marginal; tube, conical. Stalk, half an inch to three-quarters long, slender, inserted in a pretty deep cavity. Flesh, yellowish white, not very juicy, but sweet, and with a brisk acidity. Cells, obovate; axile, slit.
A very popular apple in East Sussex, especially about Hailsham, Heathfield, and those parts, where it is met with in almost every orchard and garden. It originated at a farm called Hawkridge, in Hellingly, near Hailsham.