HINCHLIFFE’S: A BRIEF HISTORY


Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop & Restaurant is Britain’s oldest farm shop! To find out more information about us please visit our main website here.

1929 - Hinchliffe’s is Born

Our business was established in the 1920s by Allen Hinchliffe, the father of Charles Robert Hinchliffe who still helps around the Netherton farm today. We’re proud to be a strong family business, known by many people in the area and further afield as purveyors of top quality meat. Allen Hinchliffe was actually a plumber by trade at Hopkinson’s in Huddersfield. He met a nurse, Betsy, they married and he bought a farm at Pole Moor. Allen and Betsy would deliver eggs locally in a horse and cart. The couple later sold the farm and bought our first butcher’s shop at Upperhead Row, Huddersfield, and lived in the flat above.

1950s - Our egg business

Our egg business – started as hobby by Allen’s son Charles Hinchliffe in Netherton in 1950 – has grown to sell every size egg and produce up to one million hens a year on 12 farms, supplying everyone from commercial egg producers to families looking for half a dozen chickens for the back garden. We’re famous for our eggs at Hinchliffe’s and the egg-producing side of the business was started as a hobby by Charles Hinchliffe in Netherton in 1950, largely to supply the village butcher’s shop with the freshest eggs possible.

1960s - First independently controlled rearing unit in Great Britain

The hobby went from strength to strength and developed into a huge business with the help of Charles’ two sons Robert and Sam and son-in- law Leslie Hirst. So much so, that in the early 1960s Hinchliffe’s egg production became the first independently controlled rearing unit in Great Britain. What an achievement!

Present day

Today, we sell every size of egg, from jumbo to small, as well as duck eggs. We currently produce up to one million hens a year on 18 farms, supplying everyone from commercial egg producers to families looking for half a dozen chickens to rear in their back garden.


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