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1736, cheese made famous by a coaching inn at Stilton (then Hunts., now Cambs.) on the Great North Road from London, the owner being from Belvoir, Leicestershire, where it was made. Since 1969 restricted to cheese made in Leicester, Derby, and Nottingham counties by members of the Stilton Cheese Makers Association. The place name is in Domesday Book as Stichiltone and probably means literally "farmstead or village at a stile or steep ascent."