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Barnack Beauty apple

This is a handsome old apple variety from Barnack, a small village in Lincolnshire (although now part of Cambridgeshire). It has a sharp flavour and is best used for cooking.

Apparently, on its native soil, Barnack Beauty did not crop particularly well, although it has a repuation for doing well elsewhere!  This probably reflects the fact that whilst it tolerates the chalky soil of Barnack better than other varieties, it still prefers a less alkaline soil.

Thanks to Jen Birch for correcting us, apparently Barnack was never part of Lincolnshire although it is very close to the border.

Last updated 18 Nov 2012.

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25 May 2015 
I have a number of Barnack Be aunties in my garden. They are excellent for cider making. The last surviving original tree is in a cottage garden by the church

16 Apr 2011 
Bedfore becoming part of Cambridgeshire, Barnak was in Northamptonshire

03 Oct 2008 
To get things absolutely right, Barnack was never in Lincolnshire nor since the 19th century administratively in Northamptonshire. Although geographically within the county of Northampton it was in that part known as the Soke of Peterborough which was administratively a county in its own right. It was because during one of the many 20th century reorganisations the Soke of Peterborough was amalgamated with Cambridgeshire rather than its parent county that Barnack no longer has the privilege of being in Northamptonshire.

21 May 2008 
I would point out that Barnack has never been in Lincolnshire but was originally in Northamptonshire before it was changed to Cambridgeshire. Barnack is only 1 mile from the Lincolnshire border but it's still in Cambs. (unfortunately) !!

10 Nov 2007 
Barnack Beauty appears in a numer of old orchards in the Fens. I have 3 trees in my orchard, planted in the early 1900s. My neighbour also has one in his orchard. Barnack Beauty is a variety that often turns up for identification at "apple day" events in Lincs, Cambs and Norfolk. If you would like images of an old Barnack B tree in blossom and with fruit on, I would be happy to send it to you. Orchard Bob OP: Thanks Bob, please do.

01 Oct 2007 
I have a tree of this variety which produces a very good crop. It is a lovely eater although not sweet, and is very crisp. A tantalising mixture - tangy tempered by sweet.

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An attractive old English cooking apple.

Barnack Beauty phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1840
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1090
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1957-207


  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth


  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some resistance

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Barnack Beauty identification photos from official fruit collections

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