Bibliography

The texts on this page all relate to top-fruit, orchards and orchard management, or cider-making. They either refer to print copies in my possession, or to copyright-free historical texts or open source research projects that are available online.

The full list of everything I’ve found to-date can be accessed (read-only) here. Research is ongoing, so if you’re aware of any open source texts that aren’t already listed, or a useful online archive that I could search through, please do drop me a line and let me know.

The plan is to gradually build up this section of the site to include more detail on those texts that I have explored in more detail. For each entry, a ‘Notes’ link will take you to a page on this site with a summary of the text and/or a few findings of interest within. Any other links are either to the online source (Google Books, Archive.org, Forgottenbooks.com, Early English Books Online, HathiTrust etc.) or an (affilitate) link to Amazon.co.uk, if you are interested in obtaining your own copy.


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  • 2020 – Orchard: A Year in England’s Eden – Benedict Macdonald, Nicholas Gates
  • 2020 – Orchard Recipes from Eastern England – Monica Askay and Tom Williamson
  • 2019 – Heritage Apples – Caroline Ball
  • 2019 – The Lost Orchard – Raymond Blanc
  • 2019 – Uncultivated: Wild Apples, Real Cider and the Complicated Art of Making a Living – Andy Brennan
  • 2018 – The Shadow Orchard – Jim Chapman
  • 2016 – How to Prune an Apple Tree – Chloe Ward
  • 2015 – Apple – Marcia Reiss
  • 2015 – Apples: a Field Guide – Michael Clark
  • 2014 – The Apple Book – Rosie Sanders
  • 2014 – Wild Fruit: A Field Guide to Britain and Europe – Alain & Marie-Jeanne Généve
  • 2012 – The Illustrated World Enclyclopedia of Apples – Andrew Mikolajski
  • 2012 – Orchards – Claire Masset
  • 2011 – Apple: A Global History – Erika Janik
  • 2011 – The Fruit Tree Handbook – Ben Pike
  • 2011 – Growing Fruit Trees – J. M. Lespinasse, É. Leterme
  • 2010 – For the Love of an Orchard – Jane McMorland Hunter, Chris Kelly
  • 2009 – Bob Flowerdew’s Complete Fruit Book Bob Flowerdew
  • 2009 – Fruitful Legacy – Susan A. Dolan
  • 2008 – Community Orchards Handbook – Common Ground
  • 2003 – Le Potager du Roi – Stephanie de Courtois
  • 2002 – The New Book of Apples – Joan Morgan, Alison Richards
  • 1999 – Growing Fruit – Harry Baker
  • 1997 – Pears – Jim Arbury, Sarah Pinhey
  • 1996 – Pomona’s Harvest – An Illustrated Chronicle of Antiquarian Fruit Literature – H. Frederic Janson
  • 1994 – Apple Games and Customs – Beatrice Mayfield
  • 1991 – The Apple Source Book – Sue Clifford, Angela King
  • 1991 – The Fruit Garden Displayed (8th edition) – Harry Baker
  • 1955 – Fruit From Trained Trees – Stanley B. Whitehead
  • 1954 – The Pruning of Fruit Trees – Paul Champagnat (trans. N.B. Bagenal)
  • 1862 – The Science and Practice of Grafting, Pruning and Training Fruit Trees – Alphonse Du Breiul (trans. W. Wardle)
  • 1678 – Vinetum Britannicum – J. Worlidge
  • 1629 – Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris – J. Parkinson
  • 1502 – The Customs of London or Arnold’s Chronicle – R. Arnold


2011 – Growing Fruit Trees (English translation)
ed. Jean-Marie Lespinasse, Évelyne Leterme
(original: 2005 De La Taille à la Conduite des Arbres Frutiers)

Highly technical guide to modern methods of growing 20 different types of fruit trees, based on decades of academic research.

Notes | Amazon.co.uk

1954 – The Pruning of Fruit Trees
Paul Champagnat (trans. N. B. Bagenal)

Notes | Amazon.co.uk



1678 – Vinetum Britannicum or, A treatise of cider and other wines and drinks
John Worlidge

Hugely detailed C17th cider- (and fruit wine-) making manual. Includes orchard management and recommended fruit varieties.

Notes | Google Books | Amazon.co.uk

1502 – The Customs of London or Arnold’s Chronicle
Various (attributed to Richard Arnold)

C15th-16th miscellany, mostly lists, letters and laws, but including sections on orchard management and tree grafting.

Notes | Google Books | Amazon.co.uk