Although the town is now spelled Altrincham, it retains the old pronunciation when it had a g instead of a c. And the Altringham carrot dates from that period. Christopher Stocks, in his book Forgotten Fruits describes it as "unfeasibly long". It could grow up to three feet long but was very narrow. Ideal for deep rich soils, no doubt, but easy to break when harvesting if the soil was at all clay-like. Despite this it was very popular — Caldwell's sold it to many customers in the period 1820-1837 (ledgers 8-10).