Victorian author Robert Hogg recounts details he received about the origins of this variety from the grower, John Perkins, Lord Henniker's gardener. It is a useful technique for anyone wishing to raise their own apple variety.
He started by planting "several bushels of apple pips", which were a waste product from cider production. The most promising seedlings were selected and the rest removed, and this process was repeated for several years, until only the best varieties remained.
Although well-regarded in Victorian times for its heavy-cropping and reliability, it is no longer widely-grown.