Saturday, 8 October 2011

A doll's house and a cooking apple


Southwell itself is an attractive little town, full of fine Georgian and Regency buildings (1700s - early 1800s) like this house on Church Street, opposite the Minster.  It reminds me of a doll's house, so symmetrical - you almost feel you could unhook the front wall and start re-arranging the furniture inside!

The town also prides itself as the birthplace of the Bramley cooking apple.  The story goes that sometime between 1809 and 1815, a young woman named Mary Ann Brailsford grew an apple tree seedling from a pip from an apple grown on a tree at the bottom of her garden.   The seedling went on to produce good fruit and in 1837 the house's then occupier, Matthew Bramley allowed a local gardener, Henry Merryweather, to take cuttings and register it as the Bramley Seedling.

8 comments:

  1. I can't help feeling that the occupiers must lead terribly ordered lives. And surely we should be cooking Brailsford apples if there was any justice in the world!

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  2. It does indeed look like a doll's house Jenny, and thanks for the background on the Bramley apple; I remember my mother speaking of them in glowing terms, along with Cox's Pippin (?)

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  3. What a charming place! It does look like it could be a doll house! Apple crisp sure sounds good about now!

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  4. Congratulations on your composition and execution! Designed by a strait-laced Georgian with OCD? A very fine building, lasting well.

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  5. Love the architecture; wish I could afford it! Jim

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  6. What a beautiful looking home.

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  7. I LOVE that house! So serene and balanced.

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  8. I just love Georgian architecture. There is a village near where our oldest daughter lives in Ohio where the homes are completely modeled in that style. But I see this one here is the real deal...gorgeous! ~Lili

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