Harvesting Heritage Fruits at Moseley Old Hall

Apple trees in the Orchard in August at Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire.

The Orchard at Moseley contains more than 20 heritage varieties of apples and pears, many of which have been grown in this country since at least the 17th century. Along with damsons and sloes from our hedgerows, we harvest the fruit both for use in the tearoom and for our produce stall currently in the Second-hand bookshop.

Local fruits

One variety of local significance is the Tettenhall Dick pear, which was first established over 200 years ago and named after the Tettenhall area of Wolverhampton.
 
The tree produces small, dry pears descirbed as "ard as bricks", which are best suited to producing perry, or pear cider.
 
 

Further afield

Other traditional favourites include the Norfolk Biffin; which gained popularity among the Victorians as a sweet, baked treat produced by Norwich bakers.

 

Many varities found their way here from the continent during the 17th century too, including Rambour Franc and Nonpareil apples from France, and Sanguinole pears from Germany.

 
 
 
 
 
Walking in the orchard at Moseley Old Hall
Walking in the orchard at Moseley Old Hall
Walking in the orchard at Moseley Old Hall
 
 
 

Sit back

Of course, the best use of the orchard is to sit in the shade of the trees and simply relax.