Bramley Apple

Southwell is the home of the much loved English Bramley cooking apple. The Bramley Apple was first cultivated in Southwell over 200 years ago – the original tree still bears fruit annually in a private garden on Church Street. In brief, in 1809 a local girl named Mary Ann Brailsford planted some apple pips, one of which when planted in her family’s garden grew to become the very first Bramley apple tree. In 1846 her cottage and garden were sold to Matthew Bramley. The trees thrived and were noticed by a local nurseryman called Henry Merryweather, who admired their exceptional quality and asked to take grafts in order to establish their existence. Matthew Bramley agreed to this request on the condition that if the fruit went on to gain commercial success it would bear his name. The Bramley is now famous and much loved throughout the world for its unique flavour and excellent cooking qualities. It remains one of the most widely grown British culinary apples. Southwell Tourist Office holds a selection of Bramley Trail Leaflets and an information leaflet telling of its local origins and history. There is an annual festival in October each year to celebrate the Bramley Apple in Southwell