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Cider and Advertising through the ages

This the talk I gave to the 4th New Zealand Cider Festival 2019 Firstly why advertise, a fundamental question. The world is global and unless you advertise your company club etc will be lost amongst the rest. Hence the NZ Cider Festival advertises. TeePee Ciders advertise. And to advertise you ...

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The Babycham phenomena

BabyCham a perry drink is key to cider drinks on many levels, juice, storage fermentation marketing advertising etc. It is the prototype alcopop...

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Cider Tax Riots

Cider was a common drink in the West country from the 14th Century and formed part of wages of labourers until outlawed by the Truck Act of 1887. I...

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Devon Colic

Sir George Baker Devon colic  was an illness that affected people in the English county of Devon during parts of the 17th and 18th centuries mo...

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Scudamore Cider Flute

Two views This flute also called the ‘Chesterfield’ flute,( family descent through the Scudamore-Stanhope family to the Earls of Chesterfield) ...

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Thomas Knight & the Pomona Herefordiensis

The first illustrated pomology book in Britain and the world was written in 1811 by Thomas Knight orchardist and fruit breeder. Pomona Herefordiens...

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Talk given to the 3rd NZ Cider Festival 2018

It was great to be invited to talk at the 3rd NZ Cider festival on the history of cider in its “Golden Era” in England. This was a fascinating time...

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John Worlidge 1640–1700

John Worlidge or John Woolridge was an agriculturalist, who lived in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. He was considered a great expert on rural aff...

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Cider a Poem in two Books: John Philips

“with notes provincial, historical and classical” by Charles Dunster 1791 An extraordinary book. Cider, A Poem written in 1708 in the form of Virgi...

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The Rise and Fall of Bulmer’s Cider

The start of industrial rather than rural farm based cider production. Rev Charles Henry Bulmer  the rector at Credenhill   few miles north of Here...

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The story of Scurvy, and the role of Cider

When cider was being developed in the UK into a fine product akin to wine on the Continent  in the 17C  and it came to the attention of the scienti...

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Glass Wine and Cider Bottles

Glass manufacturing was a closed occupation in Medieval Europe concentrated in Venice and closely guarded  by the guild and Italian authorities of ...

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Cork

Cork use to stopper bottles was increasingly used in the 17th C however it was the introduction of the corkscrew, first recorded in 1686 that accel...

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Perry

Perry is the half forgotten difficult brother of Cider. Perry is made from pears just as Cider is made from apples. However the drink and the word ...

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The curious case of the Cider Token

Up to around AD735 silver pennies for a basis of English coinage. These pennies were the smallest denomination, and if smaller change was needed th...

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“An Apple a Day keeps the Doctor away”

This seems a rhyme whose origins are lost in antiquity but in fact it is quite modern and well know. It appears in its current form in 1922 . It...

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Vintage: What’s in a word?

When it comes to cider quite a lot of confusion it seems Vintage as a word can be a non or an adjective. Both meaning derive from wine making The...

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Yeast : Great fermentations.

Cider like wine is an alcoholic fermented drink. Alcohol is produced by yeasts. Alcohol is essentially a by-product. The yeast is extracting energy...

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