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Tombstone of Richard Dummeller, Shackerstone churchyard, Leicestershire

The gravestone of Richard Dummeller in Shackerstone Churchyard in the village of that name near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire is of interest to fruit enthusiasts because Dummeller raised the well culinary apple Dumelow’s Seedling and there has long been debate as to how to spell his surname. In 1884, the eminent Victorian pomologist Dr Robert Hogg spelt it ‘Dumelow’s, but he also wrote that ‘This excellent apple was raised by a person of the name Dumeller (pronounced Dumelow), a farmer in Shakerstone’ in his Fruit Manual. Although he had known the apple for decades and it is recorded in the first 1866 edition of his Manual. A different spelling was used by Edward Bunyard the foremost authority of the 1920-30s. Bunyard records it as Dummelous Seedlling and credits its origin to Mr Dummelow. Other variants have appeared in fruit lists. But it seems that to honour its raiser the spelling should be Dummeller and the village name is Shackerstone!

Jim Arbury

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Dr Hogg’s Fruit Manual, reprint of 1884 edition

Readers of this Blog may be interested to know Robert Hogg’s Fruit Manual; A Guide to the Fruits and Fruit Trees of Great Britain, facsimile edition, once £40, has been remaindered, and is now obtainable from http://www.psbooks.co.uk for £8.99 plus pp £2. Catalogue no. 298, book no.505752.

Jim Streeton

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