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.
Large and roundish. Skin, dark red, and hairy. Of second-rate quality. Bush, erect, and a good bearer.
Lancashire Lass. See Whitesmith (Woodward).
Lay's Jolly Angler. See Jolly Anglers (Collier).
Fruit, of medium length, square shoulders; the seed-veins a little sunk towards the stalk. Skin, thin, smooth, dull greenish yellow, covered with a greyish down. Ripens early, and has a very soft appearance. Flavour, very rich, and first-rate. A good old standard variety. In 1843 weighed 28 dwt. 14 gr., and has many times been the heaviest yellow of the season.
Bush, luxuriant, and an excellent bearer.
Fruit, large and long, rather flat-sided, tapering towards the stalk; from 14 eighths to 2 inches in length, and from 4 to 4 1/2 inches in circumference. Skin, smooth and thin, dull light yellow rather. Flesh, tender, and of good flavour. In 1853 weighed 23 dwt. 20 gr.
A moderate bearer, and makes a large spreading bush. A late variety.
Fruit, long, and well formed, taperin a little towards the stalk, with a rather sharp nose. Skin, smooth, dul greenish yellow. Flavour, good. One of the best yellows. In 18G4 weighed 30 dwt. 11 gr.
Bush, large, spreading, and luxuriant. An excellent bearer.
Fruit, long. Skin, a little hairy; bright light red, shaded with pink. Flavour, good. A beautiful variety. In 1863 it weighed 30 dwt. 21 gr.
Bush, with long, slender, erect shoots; bears freely.
Fruit, long, from 11 to 14 eighths long, and 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 inches in circumference. Skin, smooth, or occasionally a little hairy, very thin, dark green. Flesh, tender, very rich and delicious. In 1855 it weighed 23 dwt. 15 gr.
Bush, medium sized, and bears freely.
This variety grows in various forms, in consequence of its being tender when in bloom, often suffering from the early spring frosts, which cause it to be deficient of seed, consequently the berries will be short and deformed; but when perfect it is a fine, long-formed berry. The two-veined ones are rather flat-sided, with broad raised shoulders, the seed-veins a little sunk towards the stalk, with plump, nicely rounded nose; the three-veined ones are very long, and rounder than the two-veined, and are generally pretty near the same diameter throughout. Skin, smooth, deep purplish red. Flavour, good, but not first-rate. In 1852 it weighed 37 dwt. 7 gr.; in 1864, 36 dwt. 4 gr.; in 1865, 33 dwt. 12 gr.
It ripens quickly, and does not hang long, it being an especial favourite with wasps and birds; nor does it succeed well until the plants are strong, it will then grow and bear freely, making long vigorous shoots (a little pendulous), with hut few thorns, and forms a large spreading bush. This is the largest gooseberry at present proved, having held its own for nearly a quarter of a century against all former varieties, and hundreds of others sent out since its introduction.