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History of Stilton Cheese



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Stilton takes its name from the village of Stilton in Cambridgeshire, England (about 80 miles north of London). 


In the 18th century, the town of Stilton was a staging post for coaches. Travelers journeying from London to York would break their voyage there to refresh not only themselves, but more importantly, the horses.

One Mr Cooper Thornhill who was landlord at the  Bell Inn at  Stilton, introduced travellers to the creamy, blue-veined delight.


It is believed that he purchased the cheese from his sister-in-law, Mrs Frances Pawlett, who made the cheese locally where she lived near Melton Mowbray (better known for its pies) and who, together with her husband set up a co-operative for  Stilton cheese production. Today, only seven dairies are licensed to make the cheese using the original recipe.


The first written reference to Stilton dates back to October 1722  in William Stukeley’s Itinerarium Curiosum, letter V.



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