See History in the Making
There are many stories (some more believable than others) about how Cheddar cheese originally came into being, but some facts are not in doubt. The land around the village of Cheddar has been at the centre of England's dairy industry since at least the 15th Century with the earliest references to Cheddar Cheese dating from 1170.
The requirements of a truly authentic Cheddar cheese are:
Some Cheddar Moments
King Henry II purchased 10240 lbs of Cheddar in 1170 at a farthing per lb (that's 4644 kg at a total cost of £10.67!)