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, large, three inches wide, and two inches and three-quarters high; roundish, flattened at the crown, from the centre of which issues a rather deep suture, which diminishes towards the base. Skin, greenish yellow on the shaded side, and a dull red cheek on the side exposed to the sun, which is mottled with brighter red. Flesh, white, rich, melting, very juicy and highly flavoured, slightly stained with red at the stone, from which it freely separates. Flowers, large. Leaves, without glands.
A large, handsome, and very excellent peach, ripe in the middle of September. It was raised by a small nurseryman or market gardener at Exeter.
Fruit, large, roundish, Skin, fine clear light yellow in the shade, and bright red next the sun. Suture, distinct. Flesh, white, pale red at the stone, rich, sweet, and sugary. Flowers, large. Leaves, with round glands.
Ripens in the beginning of September.
Fruit, above medium size, roundish, frequently with one side of the suture higher than the other, and pitted at the apex. Skin, greenish yellow, and covered with small points on the shaded side, but deep crimson, becoming sometimes almost black, when grown against the wall and fully exposed. Flesh, white, very tender and melting, with a faint brick-red tinge next the stone, from which it separates freely, with an abundant sugary and vinous juice, which is very rich. Flowers, small. Leaves, with round glands.
Fruit, rather large, and marked with a deep suture that is rather higher on one side than the other. Skin, remarkably tender, pale straw-coloured on the shaded side, and somewhat mottled with bright crimson on the side next the sun. Flesh, white, with the jelly-like transparency of that of a pine-apple, perfectly melting, richly flavoured and vinous, having an exquisite briskness that excites the salivary glands, and cleaning instead of cloying the palate. Flowers, large. Leaves, with round glands.
This delicious peach ripens early in August and forces well.
Fruit, medium sized, round. Skin, white, with very little colour, being merely tinged and dotted with red next the sun. Suture, shallow. Flesh, white, even to the stone, pleasant, but rather inclined to be pasty, its earliness being its chief merit. Flowers, large. Leaves, without glands.
Ripens early in August.
For many years the Early Anne was the earliest of all peaches, and that on which the old gardeners relied for their earliest forcing. It is now far excelled by Early Beatrice, Early Louise, Early Rivers, and others of the same family; and after a reputation of more than a century and a half, it will, in all probability, go out of cultivation.
It is first described by Switzer in 1724, and figured by Batty Langley in 1729. Switzer says, "It is not so called on account of Queen Anne, as is, by mistake, supposed; but in complement to the (at that time) celebrated Mrs. Ann Dunch, of Pusey, in Berkshire, where it was raised."