53 – Cider Barn Cottage

Ahead on the right is Cider Barn Cottage. This stone-built former cider barn was part of Treherne’s farm. If you inspect the stonework you will see that the barn once had more doors than it does today. These were very handy for taking in the cider apples.

The Forest has a strong tradition of cider making. Apples, and sometimes pears, from local orchards were crushed in cider mills. This one was operated by a horse that plodded round and round a circular stone trough filled with apples. The horse rotated a vertical millstone that mashed the apples as it trundled over them. Local children made use of the doors by darting into the barn after the horse passed, grabbing an apple, then darting back out.

A photo of a stone cider mill with horse and mill operator.
A photo of a stone cider mill with horse and mill operator. This is the type of cider mill used in the cider barn

The farm has long gone – but we have been walking along the top edge of it’s fields, once known locally as “The Patch”.