Aspall Cyder - Cider and Vinegar

The beginning of Cyder making at Aspall


Date
26th March 2014

Category
1728-2028


Our family has been growing apples to make cyder here at Aspall Hall since 1728. As being one of the UK’s ten oldest companies, we have diaries, newspaper articles and photos spanning eight generations in the Aspall archive.

Perhaps the most significant document of all is Clement Chevallier’s journal from 1728. It tells us that Clement settled in Suffolk from his native Jersey that year after inheriting Aspall Hall from his cousin, Temple Chevallier several years earlier.

At the time, the local cider in Suffolk was very different to the drink that Clement loved and missed from Jersey, which he called ‘cyder’. So in what seems like a rather extreme move, he decided to import apple trees from Jersey so that he could recreate his favourite drink.

Clement’s journal notes 9 April 1728 as ‘the day of my arrival at Aspall Hall’ and just three days later he paid three workers to set the first apple trees from Jersey in our orchards. So each year we celebrate his arrival as Aspall's birthday.

The journal also gives us a great insight into life at the time, and the different people with whom Clement was doing business. Judging by his success, others didn’t need much persuading of his cyder’s superiority, so perhaps it wasn’t such an extreme decision after all.

Clement’s journal notes 9 April 1728 as ‘the day of my arrival at Aspall Hall’ and just three days later he paid three workers to set the first apple trees from Jersey in our orchards. So each year we celebrate his arrival as Aspall's birthday.