Cuddington author delves into village's history

12:30pm Thursday 20th December 2012

By Emma Rigby

A LIFELONG Cuddington resident has published a book about the village’s dairy industry in a bid to keep history alive.

Former teacher Jill King spent six months collating a variety of photographs, memories and information gained from the Census, to detail the life of William Horner and his creamery business, which was based on the former yoghurt factory site.

The hardback book, of around 120 pages, is now available to purchase and includes more than 100 nostalgic illustrations and is a must for those with an interest in their local heritage.

he 62-year-old, who lives on Moorlands Avenue, has a personal connection to the industry as her father worked in the creamery office for 30 years.

And Jill hopes her project will be a lasting tribute to the land that once occupied the factory which produced millions of cartons of yoghurt.

She said: “I thought it will be completely forgotten if we don’t do something about it,” said the mum-of-three.

“The book is about William Horner himself, from his birth until he died, and the creamy itself.”

She said: “Newcomers to Cuddington will be aware that the existing Eden Grange housing development, off the A49, was formerly occupied by a factory but activity on the site started long before that.

“From Victorian times Horner’s Creamery was sending its produce all over the north of England and beyond and provided employment for large numbers of local people.”

William Horner was born way back in the 1820s and died in 1897 with the Horner’s company itself in business until 1963 when Express Dairies took over.

Jill said: “It was such an important thing for the village and we don’t want that lost.”

*Priced at £11.95, ‘William Horner and his Creamery’ by Jill King and published by C.C Publishing (Chester) can be obtained directly by contacting Jill or Roger King on 01606 888402, email or by visiting


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