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.
Tree, a shy bearer. December to March.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and a half wide, and two inches and a quarter high; roundish ovate or abrupt Pearmain-shaped. Skin, greenish yellow, changing to bright yellow, dotted with russet, with a few faint streaks of red, and strewed with numerous large russety dots on the shaded side, but deep orange mottled and streaked with crimson, and covered with patches of thin grey russet, on the side next the sun. Eye, open, with reflexed segments, set in a wide, even, and plaited basin. Stamens, median; tube, conical. Stalk, half an inch or more long, inserted in a rather shallow cavity, with a fleshy protuberance on one side of it. Flesh, greenish white, tender, crisp, and very juicy, with a sugary and pleasant flavour. Cells, obovate; axile.
An excellent old dessert apple; in use from November to February.
Fruit, large, three inches and three-quarters wide, and three inches high; round, somewhat flattened, and narrowing abruptly towards the eye; it has obtuse ribs, which terminate in ridges round the eye. Skin, smooth and shining, grass-green at first, with a tinge of brown on the side next the sun, but changing when the fruit is gathered to lemon yellow with a tinge of pale crimson, with broken streaks and specks of deep crimson on the side next the sun, the whole surface strewed with many minute russet dots. Eye, closed, with convergent, leafy segments, deeply set and surrounded with prominent plaits. Stamens, median; tube, conical. Stalk, half an inch to three-quarters long, slender for the size of the fruit, set in a deep, wide cavity, which is lined with ash-grey russet extending over the base. Flesh, tender, fine-grained, and with a mild acidity. Cells, roundish elliptical; axile, open.
A large and handsome kitchen apple, which comes into use in September and continues during October and November.
The tree is an early and immense bearer, medium sized and compact in growth. It does not produce long rampant shoots, but on the contrary when it comes into bearing it makes little wood, and keeps on forming an abundance of spurs.
The Loddington is best known in Kent by the name of Stone's Apple, from the origical tree being found on the farm of Mr. Stone, at Loddington, about five miles from Maidstone, and its great merit as an orchard fruit caused it to be propagated in the immediate neighbourhood, to which it was for a long time confined. Its cultivation has gradually extended to the adjoining parishes.
Fruit, about medium size, two inches and a half wide, and nearly two inches high; roundish ovate, regular in its outline. Skin, rich golden yellow when fully ripe, dotted with minute grey dots, and with a blush of red on the side exposed to the sun. Eye slightly closed, with broad, flat, leafy segments, and set in a narrow basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, a quarter of an inch long, inserted in a narrow cavity. Flesh, yellowish, firm, crisp, juicy, sweet, and with a fine aroma. Cells, round; axile, open.
The Lodgemore Nonpareil was raised about the year 1808 by Mr. Cook, of Lodgemore, near Stroud, in Gloucestershire, and was long known as Lodgemore Seedling; but the garden being afterwards rented by Mr. Clissold, a nurseryman at Stroud, he propagated and sold it under the name of Clissold's Seedling.
London Golden Pippin. See Golden Pippin.
London Major. See Lord Derby.