Even though its life above ground was short it was a great honour to make this coffin. It was made of Apple wood, with a lining of cedar of Lebanon.

The deceased had farmed fruit in Kent for fifty years. He planted the apple wood (Bramley) at the beginning of his farming career, and at the end of the tree's life they were carefully sawn and seasoned.

The lid had a herring bone design and was decorated with ten carved apple leaves, one for each of his children.