Appleby has been identified as the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria, in the northeast of England. Since 1612 Appleby has been home to the Appleby Arrows Quidditch team, a member of the British and Irish Quidditch League (QA7).
There are actually several places called "Appleby" in Britain. Before the appellation of Honorary Quidditch Town was given to Appleby-in-Westmorland by Bloomsbury Books, opinion was divided on which of the following four towns was the possible home town of the Appleby Arrows Quidditch team:
- the small village of Appleby in Lincolnshire,
- Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria,
- Appleby Magna (Leicestershire/Derbyshire), or
- Appleby Parva in Leicestershire.
Appleby-in-Westmorland was known only as Appleby until 1974 and boasts a castle and church dating from the 12th century. It is also on the scenic Settle-Carlisle Railway line (Appleby Town).
From the Web
Harry Potter Wiki: Appleby
MuggleNet: Grab Your Broomstick and Fly to One of Bloomsbury’s Honorary Quidditch Towns by Lucy O'Shea
Visit Cumbria: Appleby-in-Westmorland
Local coverage of the Quidditch connection to Appleby-in-Westmorland (October 2020):
- The Westmorland Gazette: Appleby given honorary title of Quidditch town by Harry Potter author JK Rowling
- The News and Star: Bloomsbury fly into Appleby to give quidditch honour
- Cumbria 24: The Harry Potter connection for Appleby-in-Westmorland – named official Honorary Quidditch Town
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