THE OLD CHEESE SHOP - HARTINGTON
Hartington’s main industry apart from tourism is cheese making. The cheese factory, opened in the 1870s, is the only survivor of seven that at one time operated in the area. It closed after about twenty years but was soon back in action and had the distinction of achieving a Royal Warrant to supply Stilton to George V in the 1920s and 1930s.
The factory now produces no less than a quarter of the world’s supply of Stilton. Legally the cheese can only be made in the three shire counties of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester - had the factory been built a quarter mile to the west it would not have qualified, being outside the county boundary in Staffordshire! Sadly it closed down in 2009. Cheese can still be purchased from the former factory shop opposite the duck pond.
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THE DISCOVER DERBYSHIRE AND THE PEAK DISTRICT GUIDE
Provides a wide range of features with heritage trails and detailed countryside walks, through some of the most scenically attractive countryside in the UK.
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Runs from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, for 13 miles along the former Ashbourne to Buxton railway line.
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