A seed is planted...

The story starts with a family called Brailsford who lived in a cottage on Church Street at a time when the Emperor Napoleon controlled much of Europe. It was shortly after Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and the young Lord Byron was a frequent visitor to the town. The Brailsford family had two daughters and sometime about the year of 1809, the eldest daughter, Mary Ann, was playing in the kitchen and decided to plant some seeds in a flower pot, (as many a child will do). These seeds, or pips, were taken from apples that were being prepared by her mother. One of these seeds germinated and when too big for the pot, was planted in the garden of the cottage and produced the tree that was later to bear a unique apple. in 1812, Mr Brailsford, (Mary Ann's father) died and the cottage became the property of his wife Elizabeth. When she died on the 2nd February 1837, the cottage was left to his two daughters, who subsequently sold it in 1838, unaware of the fame that was to come from Mary Ann's chance planting of some apple pips!

The precise origin of the apple is unclear but it was almost certainly the result of cross-pollination involving two of the many apple trees growing in Southwell at the end of the 18th Century.

Henry MerryweatherRead more in the book "The Bramley - A World Famous Cooking Apple" written by Roger Merryweather.

Roger is the Great Grandson of Henry Merryweather, who was responsible for developing the Bramley's Seedling Apple.

Extracts reproduced here with the permission of his Sister, Celia Steven.

Some additional photos of the Original Tree:




Some photos of the Original Tree