The ‘Museum’ is the name we give to a very special orchard, planted by the Showerings to preserve the most rare of Somerset apple varieties.  It is located within a private estate behind the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill, home of Gaymers, Addlestones & Taunton Cider and now owned by Magners GB.

The museum orchard with Magners vats towering behind

The orchard contains 88 varieties of cider apple that produce a great cider. We really enjoy using the fruit but it is hard work to collect as the trees are planted on a hill with the only access at the top. Every apple has to be wheel-barrowed out.

Mike Wheel-barrowing


The 88 varieties are planted alphabetically:

Ashton Bitter
Ashton Brown Jersey
Backwell Red
Bell Apple
Black Vallis
Breakwell’s Seedling
Brown Snout
Brown Thorn
Brown’s Apple
Broxwood Foxwhelp
Burrow Hill Early
Camelot
Cap of Liberty
Captain Broad
Chisel Jersey
Cider Lady’s Finger
Coat Jersey
Collington Big Bitters
Collogett Pippin
Court Royal
Crimson Victoria
Cummy Norman
Dabinett
Doux Normandie
Dove
Duffin
Dunkerton’s Late Sweet
Dymock Red
Ellis Bitter
Fair Maid of Devon
Fillbarrel
Four Square
Frederick
Gennet Moyle
Gin
Hangdown
Harry Master’s Jersey
Hereford Broadleaf
Improved Dove
Improved Lambrook Pippin
Improved Redstreak
Improved Woodbine
Kingston Black
Knotted Kernel
Langworthy
Major
Medaille D’Or
Michelin
Morgan’s Sweet
Nehou
Northwood
Oster
Pennard Bitter
Pethyre
Pigs Snout
Port Wine
Porter’s Perfection
Red Jersey
Redstrake
Reine des Hatives
Reine des Pomme
Reinette O’Bry
Royal Somerset
Sheeps Nose
Skyrme’s Kernel
Slack-ma-Girdle
Somerset Redstreak
Sops In Wine
Stable Jersey
Stembridge Clusters
Stembridge Jersey
Stoke Red
Strawberry Norman
Sweet Alford
Sweet Blenheim
Sweet Coppin
Tale Sweet
Tan Harvey
Tardive Forestier
Taunton Fair Maid
Taylor’s Sweet
Ten Commandments
Tom Putt
Tremlett’s Bitter
Vileberie
White Jersey
White Muscadet
Yarlington Mill