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Franklin’s Night – The battle between the Devil, the Brewer and the Cidermaker


It’s safe to say that we’re passionate about the history of Devon Cider at Sandford Orchards, but the thing that makes us really proud is the cider heritage of Crediton, our home town.  Crediton and cider go way back, even before our home, The Cider Works, was built in 1935.  So far in fact, that it even plays a part in a piece of old Devon Folklore as the setting for the tale of Franklin’s Nights.

“In the Creedy Valley there was once an Isca brewer called  Franklin who became worried about losing sales of his ale to the more popular ciders. In desperation he sold his soul to the Devil on condition that on three specific nights in May he would send frosts to destroy the apple blossom.  Since then it has always been believed that the apple crop was at risk of failure during three specific nights, namely the 17th, 18th and 19th of May.”

These nights became known as Franklin Nights and farmers and local apple growers today still cast a cautious eye around on those nights.

So this year on the 19th May, the final night of Franklins night we’re planning a celebration, both of Devon cider and of our town.  Come and join us for cider, food and entertainment from The Dilly Boys and The Brown Paper Mummers and the premiere of their play “On Franklin’s Night”.  Doors open from 4pm and it’s free entry for all!



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