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‘Once you’re through the Gate on the Hill the road runs along the top of the outside earthwork of the Ancient British camp on top of Eggardon. After about five hundred yards it disappears from view as it drops down into the village’, are the opening lines of Harry Poole’s The Road across the Top.
The cider prepared by Cuthbert Rose on his farm in Cocklake near Wedmore was pure apple juice with no additions. Cider makers have personal recipes and techniques; sugar, raisins, ginger, lemons and even beetroot are added to give the cider flavour and colour, as well as helping it to ferment.
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Author Harry Poole spent most of his life farming around Eggardon Hill and is a fund of knowledge with regard to the history of Powerstock and it’s surrounding villages. Apart from the four Powerstock booklets he has written two novels and two plays, none of which have found a publisher. The booklets can however be read on-line. Powerstock, in this essay, comprises Nettlecombe, West Milton, North Poorton, Wytherstone, Mappercombe and Whetley.
Cider-maker Cuthbert Rose of Cocklake, Wedmore recalls the local cooper, Teddy Thomas, who made and repaired the barrels used during cider-making.
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The following extract was originally published in A guide to the coasts of Hants & Dorset by Mackenzie Edward C. Walcott in 1859 and digitized by Google on March 19, 2007.
Cuthbert Rose produced cider on his farm in Cocklake, a hamlet near Wedmore, until his death in the 1990s. The type of cider produced depends on the variety of apples used, the weather, and the cider-maker’s personal recipe. Kingston Black, Yarlington Mill, The Dunkerton Late Sweet, Morgan Sweets and Stoke Red are all varieties of apples grown in Somerset. Some apples are sweeter, while others have high acidity; cider-makers blend these different types of apples together to achieve unique types of cider – usually sweet, medium or dry.
Jacob William Wheeler Ashley was born on March 18, 1833 at Laverton, Somerset, England the eldest son of James Ashley and Joanna Wheeler. The family moved to Hemington where younger brother James was born and the family are to be found in the 1841 and 1851 census returns.