If you have ever enjoyed a slice of warming apple pie drizzled with custard or added apple sauce to roast pork to create the perfect Sunday lunch then chances are you are a fan of the Bramley Apple, which originates in Southwell.
The first tree grew from pips planted by a young girl, Mary Ann Brailsford in the 19th Century. When a Mr Bramley bought the house and garden years later, he was approached by Henry Merryweather, who asked for cuttings from the tree. Mr Bramley agreed under the condition that the produce be named after him and so the Bramley Apple was born.
More than 200 years later, the original Bramley Apple tree which Mary Ann planted is still bearing fruit and is known by people all over the world. It can still be seen today at the cottage which is on Church Street in Southwell.
Every year apple lovers descend on Southwell to celebrate the versatile fruit at the Bramley Apple Festival which takes place in October. During the festival, a host of different events and activities are organised around the town which normally include cookery demonstrations, poetry competitions, Morris dancing and stalls as well as the crowning of the Bramley Apple King and Queen.