The Chevalliers have been making cyder at Aspall for eight generations, since 1728 when Clement Chevallier fermented his first batch of Normandy style Suffolk cyder. They still produce cyder using only the fresh juice of whole Suffolk apples and the philosophy championed by their founding ancestor, Clement.
Still owned and managed by the Chevallier family, Aspall is the oldest direct lineage cyder maker in the United Kingdom. There are no hidden partners or parent companies enabling Aspall to focus on making the best possible product without compromise.
Aspall is derived from a Saxon description of its environment. The aspen tree was prominent in the area and the Saxon word for land in the bend of a river or between two rivers is 'halh'. So over time the two words to describe the area Aspen Halh became amalgamated to the single word 'Aspall'
There has been some form of settlement at Aspall for many hundreds of years. The first recorded mention of Aspall is in the Doomsday Book, commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1078.
As recently as the early 1900's the parish of Aspall had a big enough population to warrant its own School. A schoolhouse was built by the Rev. John Henry Chevallier and was in use until the 1930's.
Today the parish itself has a population of 30. The Church St Mary's of Grace still stands and a morning service is held every Sunday throughout the year.
The name Aspall although famous in the time of William the Conqueror is now more well known for the range of cyder, apple juice and vinegar produced by the Chevallier family who live at Aspall Hall Farm.
The Chevallier Family: