History of Stilton Cheese

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    • Discovered in the early 18th century by innkeeper Cooper Thornhill, the method of Stilton manufacturing remains relatively unchanged. Alterations would affect the character of the cheese.


    • Stilton cheese was originally know as "the cheese from Stilton" as it was the only place in England you could purchase it, however, it is not now, nor has it ever been manufactured in the village.


    • Stilton cheese can only legally be produced by any one of eight dairies within the east midlands counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.


    • The distinctive blue lines running through Stilton are created by inserting stainless steel needles into the cheese. This allows air to enter the cheese, encouraging the growth of mold spores along these channels.


    • A full sized wheel of Stilton cheese weighs an impressive 17 lbs., requires 136 pints of milk, and takes a minimum of nine weeks to make.

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