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Crusher for Cider Making at Tregarne Farm, St Keverne, 1978

PlaceSt Keverne Cornwall United Kingdom
KeywordsSt Keverne Trades and Professions Farming Brewing
CopyrightImage Courtesy of Helston Museum

Tractor powering the crusher for cider making at Tregarne Farm, St Keverne, October 1978. Barry Lugg and his father Clifford are pictured continuing the family tradition of making cider on their farm. The crusher was over 100 years old when this photograph was taken and used to be operated using horsepower. From the crusher the apples went on to the granite press where barley straw is carefully packed in layers interspersed with the apples. Once packed, the top of the press was built up with giant stone weights to press the juice into a bucket. Cider had been made by the Lugg family for generations and, although it was only for family use, neighbours would often bring their apples to the Lugg's to crush and press. Press photograph published in the Helston Packet on 13th October 1978. One of a sequence of 6 photographs showing the cider making process at Tregarne Farm.