Cheese Carving in Wensleydale – 4

Excerpt from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions. Is British humour your cup of tea? Britain has many well documented, yet strange traditions. This book describes 40 more traditions in a similar vein, all of which are less well known. Get ready for interesting characters, thought-provoking ideas, and strange events – all of which are fiction!


Contestants can use any sharp implement to carve, just so long as the item isn’t used in a threatening manner towards another contestant or their artistic creation.

In modern times, Stanley Jardine has won the most events at the Cheese Carving contest with 23 victories between 1956 and 2007. Stanley started carving Wensleydale cheese and then broadened his horizons to include Lancashire and Cheshire cheese too. His chosen implement was a six-inch long knife with a sharp pointed end used for defining feathers and fur. Jardine explained his success as follows: “you have to learn on the crumbly cheeses so that your techneek is honed to perfection as quickly as possible – there’s nowt worse than carving summat bootiful and then it crumbles to bits with one careless cut at t’end. Learning on t’Wensley helps the concentration too, so that by time tha starts on them southern cheeses such as Lanky Sher then everything’s so much easier.”


Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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