All You Need Is Cheese
One of the city's cheese moulds was recently used to prepare an extra special cheese to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The Folk Museum, in Westgate Street, has over the years acquired a number of moulds dating back to the early nineteenth century.
It loaned one of its earliest and most highly carved wooden moulds, known as a 'wooden follower', which depicts the Royal Coat of Arms and mottos of William IV on it, to a Gloucestershire Cheese maker to produce the unique cheese.
The cheese, produced by Charles Martell and Sons Ltd., was displayed for all to see at the Three Counties Show before being delivered to Buckingham Palace for the celebrations.
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Councillor Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council said: "It is fantastic that one of our museum's artifacts was used to produce goods for Royalty.
"The Folk and City museums have all sorts of interesting items. This particular cheese mould came into the museum's possession in 1963 and dates back to the 1830s.
"If anyone would like to take a look at the mould that made the royal cheese, they can do so by appointment at the Folk Museum."
The picture debossed into the wood shows a crown, lion and unicorn around a four part shield which reads 'Hon y soit qui mal y pense'. An Anglo – Norman phrase loosely translating as 'Shamed be he who thinks evil of it' which was adopted as the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter, the most prestigious honour of the United Kingdom.
Underneath the crest is the motto of the British monarch, 'Dieu et mon droit' that translates as 'God and my right'.
Charles Martell and Sons Ltd have been known for the past four decades for producing local cheeses made from their own rare breed Old Gloucester cows' milk and have developed a range of hard and soft cheeses, from Single and Double Gloucester cheeses to the well known Stinking Bishop.