When we began the project, we commissioned a series of historical gazetteers for the areas in the three counties that we thought we were most likely to be working in.

These gazetteers are really useful to local researchers as they provide a brief guide to the quantity and location of available information including:

  • historic maps (tithe maps from the 1840s, OS maps from 1889),
  • primary archive sources (including deeds, wills, estate records, sale particulars and valuation surveys),
  • contemporary published sources like antiquarian accounts written at the time, trade directories, articles and news cuttings,
  • secondary sources like local histories,
  • details of heritage assets and archaeological information in the areas relating to orchards or orchard industry which have already been recorded in the Historic Environment Record (HER)
  • summary assessment of the potential for further research and archaeological investigation

Where to research orchard history

The Cider Museum, Hereford

The Museum of Cider holds extensive business archives relating to cider companies acquired over time by Bulmers Cider Company.  Thanks to the Bulmer family’s long-standing interest in the history of orchards, apple-cultivation and cider-production, there is also an extensive collection of antiquarian and modern publications relating to the trade.  Click here for details of when and how to visit!

County Record Offices hold many of the original archive documents listed in these gazetteers.  When you visit you will also find old newspapers, trade directories, tithe records, local studies publications and many original documents on microfilm.  Always ring ahead to let the staff know you are coming!

Gloucestershire gazetteers

In Gloucestershire, we looked at parishes in Dymock and the Stroud area.

DYMOCK, Gloucs Gazetteer 2014-01

KINGS STANLEY Gloucs Gazetteer 2014-01

WOODCHESTER Gloucs Gazetteer 2014-01

Where to find Gloucestershire's archives

Much of the archive material relating to Gloucestershire’s orchard history can be found at Gloucestershire Archives.  Click here for details of how to visit and do your own research.

Herefordshire gazetteers

Where to find Herefordshire's Archives

Much of the archive material relating to Herefordshire’s orchard history can be found at HARC – Herefordshire Archives & Records Centre.  Click here for details of how to visit and do your own research.  HARC also holds the Historic Environment Record.

You can browse Herefordshire History Online to see digitised copied of many of the county’s photo collections.

Worcestershire gazetteers

In Worcestershire we focussed on the traditional fruit growing parishes around Tenbury Wells and the Vale of Evesham.

ALDINGTON Worcs Gazetteer 2014-01

BADSEY Worcs Gazetteer 2014-01

EASTHAM Worcs Gazetteer 2014-01

LULSLEY Worcs Gazetteer 2014-01

ROCHFORD Worcs Gazetteer 2014-01

Where to find Worcestershire's Archives

To find the archives, local studies collections and Historic Environment Record for Worcestershire, you’ll need to visit The Hive in Worcester.  You can’t miss it!  It’s the giant golden building beside the river.  Click here for details of opening times and contact details.