has been made in this country for at least 2000 years. From
the 16th century onwards, cheeses came to be known by the name
of the region or county in which they were made and until the
second half of the 19th century cheesemaking was a widespread
Cheese is Britain's oldest named cheese. It can be dated back
to Roman Britain and is also mentioned in the Domesday Book
of 1086. In the 16th century it was reputed to be the best cheese
of Europe and was a favourite at the Court of Elizabeth I.
Cheshire Cheese was made near the village of Chester on the
River Dee, but it soon spread to farms throughout the county
of Cheshire, with its mild climate, vales and undulating hills.
cheese is usually white or red in colour but there is also a
blue Cheshire. The distinctive flavour of Cheshire cheese is
due to salt springs which run under much of the pasture land.
These give the milk, hence the cheese, a slightly salty tang,
which is still a characteristic of Cheshire cheese today.
Bourne family still makes Traditional Farmhouse
Cheshire Cheese by hand using skills passed down from father
to son. We have connections that can be traced back for at least
six generations, when cheesemaking was traditionally an integral
part of life on the farm. John Bourne's father, from whom much
of these skills were learned, came to the farm in 1930 and continued
the tradition from that time. Please
click here to find out how we make our cheese by hand in the
1931, there were 205 members of the Cheshire Cheese Federation,
and 153 members had cheese graded during that year The family
still has the Prize Card that was awarded in 1932, hr the Most
Consistant Quality (third place) The value was three guineas!
It is interesting to note that the Report of the Federation
for the year ending 1932 states that:
large production of Cheshire cheese has been maintained for
a market that has been far from appreciative of the farmers
endeavour. Labour and other production costs have remained
high whilst values of farm produce have fallen to pre-war
market prices, bringing producers to the verge of a complete
not much has changed in the last 70 years...