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A Heritage as Rich As our Cheddar

We've been family farming in the heart of Somerset for over 150 years. And making award-winning cheddar to our Grandmother Ivy's secret recipe for generations.

A few things have changed since Ivy made her first blocks of cheddar. But our family is still as passionate about providing your family with delicious, traditional Farmhouse Cheddar.

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Ivy's great great Grandfather had a wheel of cheese stolen off of his cart in Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet. The cheese was of 'west country' make - what we now know as Cheddar & was worth seven shillings. The lady accused of pinching the cheese, said that it fell off of his cart - apparently the excuses don't change no matter how many years go by!

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Ivy’s Great Grandfather, William, born

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Tom’s Great Grandfather, John, born

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Ivy’s Grandfather, James, born

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Ivy’s Great Grandfather shown in the 1851 Census as a big farmer with 300 acres, employing 7 people on the Mendip hills

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Tom’s Grandfather, Thomas, born in Ditcheat, Somerset

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Ivy’s Grandfather, James, shown on 1861 Census as a farmer of 100 acres Tom’s Great Grandfather shown in the 1861 Census as a farmer of 34 acres in Somerset

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1869

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Ivy’s Dad born

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Tom’s Dad, Wilton ‘Frank’ Clothier, born on the farm in Alhampton, Somerset In the late 1800s he moves from the family cheese Farm in Alhampton, to Hill House Farm, Wyke Champflower, to dairy farm and make cheese at Wyke, leaving his 3 sisters to make the cheese there. His sister Emma is still listed as the cheesemaker here in the 1911 Census. In the 1891 Census Tom’s Grandfather is shown dairy farming and making cheese at Bridge Farm, Ditcheat, Alhampton

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1891

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In the 1891 Census, Tom’s Grandfather is shown dairy farming and making cheese at Bridge Farm, Ditcheat, Alhampton

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1904

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1904, 1905, 1908, 1913 – Ivy’s Dad, Albert ‘Jim’ Thorne wins Champion Dairy Cow at the Mid Somerset Show

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1906

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Tom Clothier is born in the cheeseroom in the farmhouse at Wyke Champflower

1908

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Ivy is born

1911

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Ivy’s Dad Albert James shown as a Somerset farmer in 1911 Census

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Tom and Ivy marry and continue farming and cheesemaking at Wyke

1930

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Jim Clothier is born

1939

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The demand for Ivy's Cheddar increases supplying local shops & delis

1940

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Forcing Tom to produce more milk

1943

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Richard ‘John’ Clothier is born

1947

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John Clothier starts making cheese alongside his mum, Ivy

1948

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The herd expands

1952

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Ivy's Daughter Sue wins Reserve Champion prize for her cheese

1965

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Brothers John & Jim work together with Jim running the farm and John the cheese making

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1975

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John Clothier starts making some block Cheddar as well as rind on traditional Cheddars

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1980

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John Clothier decides to leave the Farmhouse Cheesemakers Co-operative to form the Wyke Farmhouse Cheese Company and sell his own cheese. Armed with his tractor and a CB radio he sets off for London

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1992

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Brand changes from the Wyke Farmhouse Cheese Company to Wyke Farms as it fitted on the labels better and was easier to say!

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1994

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Tom Clothier buys the company’s first pre-packing machine enabling the business to pack sizes from 200g to 1kg. 1994-2000 – Wyke supplying mainly milk rounds, convenience and impulse stores with cheese pre-pack portions

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1997

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Wyke Sales Director, Ashley Wilson meets Alain Pancelot in Bordeaux. Wyke joins with Long Clawson dairy to create Alliance Fromage Anglais, to sell prize-winning Wyke Cheddar and Long Clawson Stilton in France and the rest of the world

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2005

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The Wyke Farms brand starts to be stocked by major multiples in the UK

2008

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Wyke Farms brand now sold in 150 countries across the world

2009

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Rich Clothier wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award for business and marketing strategy growth of the Wyke brand

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2009

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Investment in intelligent cutting and packing equipment allowing up to 100 tonnes of cheddar per day to be packed

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2012

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Redesign of our award winning cheddar packaging to make the range easier to shop and give greater stand out and more shelf presence

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2012

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Wyke starts green energy program by fitting first solar arrays to farm buildings and securing planning for a green biogas plant powered by farmyard manure and dairy waste

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2013

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Win Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards ‘Dairy Company of the Year’ and Rich Clothier, our MD & third generation cheese maker won Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards ‘Personality of the Year’

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2013

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Launch of Wyke Farms 100% Green & Green Energy Centre.  Our first 500KW generator was started and connected to the grid running on Biogas and generating green power to run the dairy

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2014

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Commissioned phase 2 of our Bio Gas project gas upgrading - supplying green gas to the grid

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2014

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Commissioned the water recovery plant allowing up to 90% of waste water from the cheese dairy to be reused

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2015

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Rebranded our cheddar range to better reflect our Somerset farming and Green credentials

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2015

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Winner of a Guardian Sustainable Business Award

2016

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First Cheddar company to achieve Carbon Trust triple standard

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