Fruit Trees in the Old Orchard - Farnborough

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Apple Store
The Apple Store, as you can see the front has collapsed - this is how archaeological sites are made.

The 1772 estate map shows a regular array array of trees planted here suggesting that the use of this portion of the Paddock for fruit growing goes back some way. Presumably when the walled garden was built in the early nineteenth century much of the fruit that was grown was located here, however as some of the existing trees appear to be between 100 and 125 years old it looks as if the orchard was maintained and indeed some extra planting may have been dome after the Great War when the walled garden was closed down. Whatever the case at some point - possibly in the early twentieth century - a fine apple store was built that is now in ruins. The aerial view and table below summarises the data we have at present and you can follow the links in the table to see illustrations of each individual tree and its fruit.

An interesting guide to apple varieties can be found here. There is less useful material on-line relating to pears.

Aerial View

NumberTypeVarietyDateUseGirth (m)Height (m)Guard
1PearBellissime d'Hiver1768Cooker1.358mYes
3AppleEdward VII1906Cooker1.254*Yes
5PearLouise d'Aranche1780Dessert1.110No
6PearMarie Louise1809Dessert1.156**Yes
7AppleLord Derby1862Cooker1.4511No

* recumbent, length 10.5 m,  ** recumbent, length 11 m,  *** recumbent, length 11 m

Notes: Thanks again to David for the identification, these are still provisional and some varieties so far remain ' anonymous'. the dates are of the first recorded instance of the variety, not, of course the age of our trees. three of the trees have fallen but amazingly still keep going in a recumbent position apart from number 9 which is just about hanging on to life but has not fruited. Most of the trees are surrounded by the remains of iron guards.