I’m so proud of my family heritage.
The Wastie’s of Eynsham were famous apple breeders. My great-great grandfather Fred Wastie developed different apple varieties, working with the Royal Horticultural Society. You can read more about the history of how the Wastie apples came about here: http://www.longmeadwildlifesite.org.uk/famous-eynsham-apple-growers.html
What’s really fascinating is the work my Dad is undertaking to keep the varieties alive. These are the varieties that he either has or the Bernwode nursery keeps.
|Caudal Market||Lane’s Prince Albert x Hambledon Deux Ans|
|Eynsham Challenger||Blenheim Orange x Lord Derby|
|Eynsham Dumpling||Blenheim Orange x Sandringham|
|Jennifer||Duchess Favourite x Beaty of Bath|
|Jennifer Wastie||Ribton Pippin x Barnack Beauty|
|Old Fred||Allington x Court Pendu Plat|
|Oxford Beauty||Gascoynes Scarlet x Scarlet Nonpareil|
|Oxford Conquest||Blenheim Orange x Court Pendu Plat|
|Oxford Hoard||Sturmers Pippin x Golden Russet|
|Oxford Sunrise||Cox’s Orange Pippin x Lane’s Prince Albert|
|Oxford Yeoman||Blenheim Orange x Lane’s Prince Albert|
|Peggy’s Pride||Allingtons Pipp x Golden Spire|
|Red Army||Chatleys Kernel x Worcester Permain|
|Sergeant Peggy||Blenheim Organe x Gloria Mundi|
We’ve even got some of the young trees in our farm Orchard. Very fitting when our farm is called ‘Orchard Farm’!
But whilst there are many varieties listed above, there are still many missing. Partly because the original orchard was built on by the Witney to Oxford A40 trunk road. And because more prolific, commercial varieties became in favour.
Missing varieties include:
August Dualtest, Colonel Wastie, Comrade Wastie, Cyril’s Pride, Dispossessed Farmer, Early Woodstock, Eynsham Abbey, Eynsham Beauty, Eynsham Causeway, Eynsham Cross, Eynsham Queen, Eynsham Russett, Eynsham Star, Fred’s Conquest, Fred’s Favourite, Fred’s Reward, Golden Glow, Green Howard, High Sheriff Wastie, Improved King of the Pippins, Jennifer’s Charm, Jennifer’s Joy, Jennifer’s Pride, Kid’s Orange, Orange Newton, Oxford Abundance, Oxford Comrade, Oxford Filler, Oxford Friend, Oxford Heft, Oxford Hussar, Oxford Pippin, Oxford Russett, Oxford Surprise, Peggy Wastie, Peggy’s Favourite, Quince Aroma, Summer Blush, Tony’s Wonder, Wastie’s Allington Image, Wastie’s Comrade, Wastie’s Late Nonesuch, Wastie’s Late Worcester, Wastie’s Pseudo Blenheim, Wastie’s Red Bramley, Wastie’s Winner Woodstock, Keeper Woodstock Seedling. 48 in total.
So I’m hoping that together with my Dad we can find more of these lost varieties one day 🍏