'Notts' Bramley apple is 200 years old today
TODAY marks the 200th anniversary of the Notts born Bramley apple.
The first tree grew from pips planted by Mary Ann Brailsford from Southwell in the gardens of Church Cottage in 1809.
Matthew Bramley bought the cottage in 1846 and it was while he lived there that Henry Merryweather, the nurseryman, came across the apples and grew the Bramley trees commercially.
The original Bramley apple tree continues to bear fruit to this day.
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John Pearce, landlord of The Bramley Apple pub in Church Street, said: "The man who now owns the cottage and gardens comes to drink in here.
"Everything on the street is called Bramley.
"Having the tree here is a big thing for Southwell and it brings people here."
Mr Pearce said that every Bramley Apple Week (Feb 1 to 8) sees the pub sell Bramley apples with all proceeds going to Notts & Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.
The pips planted 200 years ago by Miss Brailsford are responsible for what is now a £50 million industry; with some 80,000 tonnes sold each year.
A series of celebrations are being held this week to mark the 200th anniversary and Bramley Apple Week. For full details on all the events being carried out are available at: www.bramleyapples.co.uk.