I have a particularly keen personal interest in the winter storage of fruit. I am also working off the hypothesis that one of the very biggest brakes on the uptake of pear diversity by grassroots growers relates to endemic uncertainty surrounding pear ripening in non-refrigerated/non-controlled atmosphere environments. Put another way, getting a handle on the long-term homestead/home-based storage of pears will be an absolutely critical milestone, I sense, in saving/restoring pear diversity in this neck of the woods, at least.
I am uncovering useful turn-of-the-last-century information about how to create and manage non-refrigerated physical spaces for the winter storage of fruit (hereabouts, we have a Mediterranean climate with winters not dissimilar from the UK’s) but I am having the devil of a time striking a motherlode of gnosis relating to pear storage in particular. Varietal specifics for anything other than the commercial mainstays is thin on the ground, to put it mildly. I have a sense such knowhow may be closer to the surface your side of the Pond. Would anyone be able to give me some relevant intelligence in the UK or elsewhere in Europe?
The fruit store mentioned in the comments below is an example of a Bunyard Fruit Store. This picture is of the first store built by the Bunyard Nursery in 1885, which the Nursery continued to use until the 1930s; probably a few still remain today in gardens. (J.M)