Aspall Cyder - Cider and Vinegar

John Chevallier Guild

1933

The man who brought Aspall into the 20th century. Replacing the original 1728 wooden press with a modern hydraulic one John Chevallier Guild revitalised Aspall.

In 1946 at the age of 13, John Chevallier Guild went to school at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He joined the Navy full time in 1951 serving on a number of ships including the Royal Yacht Britannia and was present when the Queen and President Eisenhower opened the St Lawrence Seaway linking the American Great Lakes to the Atlantic in 1959. John joined the family business in 1970 and shortly after installed the first new apple press in nearly 250 years. John quickly expanded the business producing organic apple juice and vinegar as well as cyder. Unable to afford a new vinegar acetator he created his own fermenter and has left future generations with a totally unique way of making vinegar. John lives in the old Aspall school house where he keeps a keen paternal eye on his two sons.

John with his grandfather, JB