Marsden bought Gregg's Pit in 1992 and
the title deeds showed that the cottage
and traditional orchard had been present
since 1785. He
began to restore the orchard which had
suffered years of neglect, identifying
the many varieties of cider apple and
perry pear trees and planting new ones.
made his first perry at Gregg's Pit
in 1994, re-establishing a tradition
that last took place in the 1920's.
Helen Woodman joined him in 1998. The
Gregg's Pit name originates from a marl
pit in one of the orchards, from which
it is said the lime mortar was made
to point the stonework of the 13th century
church of St Bartholomew, Much Marcle.
Pit Cider & Perry is an award winning,
artisan producer of craft cider and
perry. They specialise in perry, and
feature in CAMRA's 'Good Cider Guide'
and in the Herefordshire Cider Route.
Their ciders and perries are made using
traditional techniques from 100% juice
of the fruit of their own orchard and
their neighbours' adjacent orchards,
managed to organic standards.