On my way up to Borrowcop Hill, a house name jumped out at me – Sweet Apple Cottage. Unlike its neighbours, it made no obvious allusion to its surroundings. It’s here on Borrowcop Lane.
The name is on the kind of plaque you often see on similar Victorian houses, together with the date of 1883, so I don’t think it’s a case of more recent owners just choosing a quaint name.
My first thoughts were perhaps it referenced an orchard. However, a search on google has turned up one possible clue. A place called Sweet Apple Court elsewhere in the country was named after a man called Sweetapple. It’s apparently a Saxon surname, one that I’d never heard of until today. So was there a Sweetapple in Lichfield that gave his unusual name to this house? Or is there another explanation?