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Mr Landy has even discovered a nearly 2000 year old Roman cheese mould near the village.<br />
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Cheesemakers from the village which gave world-famous Stilton its name have renewed hope of overturning a law which bans them from naming their product 'Stilton'.<br />
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Villagers from Stilton in Cambridgeshire were cheesed off when in 1996 it was ruled that the  product could only be made in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.<br />
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After years of kicking up a stink over the "farcical" decision an application was made to Defra to get the protected designation of origin (PDO) extended to Stilton village.<br />
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It was promptly dismissed despite evidence purporting to show that cheese was made in the village as far back as Roman times.<br />
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But now campaigners are mounting another attempt at convincing the grand fromages in Whitehall that their cheese deserves recognition under the Stilton name.<br />
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They are taking their fight to Defra minister George Eustice in the hope that their efforts have not all been in vein.<br />
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Local historian Richard Landy, who for five years has spearheaded the campaign, says new evidence proves it was produced in Stilton village.<br />
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Mr Landy dug up a Roman cheese mould buried in a field in the village in 2006 and has since discovered network of underground cellars thought to have been used to mature cheese.<br />
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A cheese recipe was also found in letter printed in a 1726 edition of General Treatise of Husbandry and Gardening adding further weight to his plight.