Lord Grosvenor


(green and sour)








Believed to be new in 1872.
Origin unknown but cultivated at Merriott in Somerset until it was superseded by Early Victoria.
Large, irregular, ribby, shape varies but basically round/conical but some are more oblong.  Green becoming clear yellow, (could be included in Yellow section as could Early Victoria – see also Keswick Codlin) lenticels small inconspicuous white dots, although Sanders says ‘fairly conspicuous’. Skin smooth and dry but becomes very greasy if stored. Can be confused with Early Victoria early in the year.  Bultitude describes it as ‘a rather ugly looking codlin type apple’.

Cavity wide and fairly deep, can be ribbed, can be a trace of russet.
Stalk medium and stout, often bends to one side. Always above base of fruit
Basin wide and sometimes very shallow, pinched, ribbed and beaded.
Eye fairly small and closed although Bultitude says ‘large for size of fruit’.
Sepals broad and erect, tips reflexed.

Flesh white and soft, breaks up but does not fluff when cooked..

Tube long, straight, cone, Stamens marginal, Core axile/abaxile, wide open.

Tree weak and spreading.

Flowering two days before Bramley’s Seedling with Queen.

Can be confused with Royal Jubilee and Keswick Codlin and Early Victoria.