Timeline

  • 1 of 10 - 1932

    Richard & Annie Butler purchased Lower Barker Farm in Inglewhite, Lancashire and started building their dairy herd. Cheesemaking started in the farmhouse kitchen. Every inch of the house was utilised and for a while even a bedroom had to become a cheese store! Cheese was made on a very small scale and sold in local markets up until the start of World War II.


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  • 2 of 10 - 1956

    After the war, Richard & Annie's sons: Peter, Tom, Robert and Dick started their own farms around Inglewhite. Peter farmed at Blacksticks Farm and re-started cheese making there. The farm later gave its name to Butlers famous Blacksticks Blue cheese.


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  • 3 of 10 - 1969

    Tom and his wife Jean took over Lower Barker Farm and whilst Tom farmed, Jean picked up the cheese making gauntlet. Their daughter, Gillian started making at the age of 9 and always had a holiday job as a cheesemaker whilst a schoolgirl as a result. It is Gillian and her husband Colin who own and run Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses today.


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  • 4 of 10 - 1988

    The current dairy was built at Wilson Fields Farm, just over the road from Lower Barker. Gill and Colin took up the reigns of cheese making whilst Gill's brother, Andrew took on the dairy herd at Lower Barker. The range of handmade cheeses developed and as the list of awards piled up, more people were employed and the business spilled over into Wilson Fields Farmhouse - just like the old days again!


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  • 5 of 10 - 1996

    Butlers started cutting and pre-packing cheese and introduced real handmade farmhouse cheeses to the supermarkets. By 1998 we needed more space to make new cheeses at the dairy so we opened a new facility just down the road in Longridge for cutting and packing the cheese. Today we still make all our cheese by hand on the Farm in Inglewhite and we cut it and pack it in Longridge.


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  • 6 of 10 - 1998

    Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses win SUPREME CHAMPION at Nantwich International Cheese Show - the biggest cheese show in the world


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  • 7 of 10 - 2003

    In 2003, Butlers purchased the Ravens Oak Dairy close to Nantwich in Cheshire from its founder Sandra Allwood. Sandra loved making hand made bries and soft cheeses and had won a string of awards. Headed by our resident cheese maker, Katy Hollinshead, Butlers started making our wonderful Kidderton Ash and Ravens Oak goats cheeses as well as our golden brie. These outstanding cheeses still win awards every year.


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  • 8 of 10 - 2004

    We perfected our soft and squishy continental style blue cheese - Blacksticks Blue was born! Chef, Simon Rimmer, declared it to be "The Daddy of all Blue Cheeses!"


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  • 9 of 10 - 2012

    Blacksticks Blue is advertised on Television! We created our iconic "Taste of the Unexpected" advert, discovered the music of Louis Barabbas and started spreading the Blacksticks Blue love around the country.


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  • 10 of 10 - 2014

    Blacksticks Blue is 10 years old and in celebration our new web site and "virtual" version of Blacksticks Lane is launched. Why not take a trip there now, stay in touch with what we are up to, discover our latest recipes or simply listen to some of the music we are enjoying in the dairy right now.


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