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Herefordshire Pomona


Hereford

The Herefordshire Pomona is a 19th-century catalogue of the apples and pears that were grown in this county in England Witeen by Drs Robert Hogg and Henry Bull. It was one of the first attempts to fully catalogue the existing varieties of English fruit and has been called “a classic of late Victorian natural history”   Only 600 copies were ever printed.  The book originally appeared in seven issues, the first part appearing in 1878 and the last in 1884, and included the 441 original watercolours produced by Alice and Edith of the different fruits, buds, blossoms of the cultivars and the blights  which attacked them.  

 Once complete the seven parts were collected together and published by Jakeman & Carver   Over a period of about ten years in the late 19th century, the Woolhope Naturalist’s Field Club  of Hereford held an annual autumn show featuring the local varieties of apples and pears. The club members were worried that although Herefordshire was famous for its orchards “it was very remarkable that so few of the best varieties of apples should appear in the markets, or the fruit shops”, Dr Robert Hogg, at the time Vice-President of the Royal Horticultural Society RHS , and local doctor and former president of the Woolhope club, Dr Henry Bull, catalogued and described the fruit displayed at the shows.