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Loddington Apple, Northants

An orchard apple cultivar called 'Loddington' at Sulgrave Manor, Northants.

26 February 2007

The Tree of the Moment goes to an orchard apple cultivar called 'Loddington' at Sulgrave Manor, Northants. The current orchard was planted in 1927 according to a plan drawn up by Sir Reginald Blomfield. The interesting thing is that at that time he marked several trees on it as “ancient” of which this is thought to be the only one remaining.

The house was built in 1539 by the Washington family which had travelled south from Lancashire. The great grandson of the builder emigrated to America and his great grandson was George Washington. The house was bought for the British and American peoples from the Sitwell family in 1917 to commemorate 100 years of peace between those nations (Treaty of Ghent 1814).

The 'Loddington' apple is said to have been brought by a niece of Robert Stone from Bath to Loddington, near Maidstone, Kent in about 1820. It was distributed by Robert Stone. Received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1877. Fruits have soft, a little coarse textured, juicy flesh with a subacid flavour.

Ancient apple tree. David Alderman