On 23 August 2012, Premier Foods announced that it was planning to sell its Histon factory, which employs more than 380 people and makes famous brands like Hartley’s jam. The sale is part of a £200 million deal with Hain Celestial, and is conditional on approval of Premier’s shareholders. It is expected the sale will be complete by the end of October 2012.
Hartley's was a grocers founded by Sir William Pickles Hartley near Pendle, Lancashire. In 1871 a supplier failed to deliver a consignment of jam, so William made his own and packaged it in his own design earthenware pots. It sold well and in 1874 the business moved to Bootle, near Liverpool and marmalade and jelly was also produced. In 1884 the business was incorporated as William Hartley & Sons Limited and in 1886 it moved to Aintree, Liverpool where a new factory was built.
Two years after the new factory had been opened in Aintree, Hartey constructed a purpose built village for the key employees in his company. The village was designed by Leek based Sugden and Sons after they won an architectural competition. The village had a total of 49 houses, which surrounded a central bowling green and later expansion took the total number of houses to 71. Within the village all of the streets were named after ingredients in jam including Sugar Street, Red Currant Court and Cherry Row.
- Best apricot jam
- Best black cherry jam
- Best blackberry jam
- Best blueberry jam
- Best gooseberry jam
- Best pineapple jam
- Best raspberry jam
- Best strawberry jam
- Best thin cut marmalade
- Best lemon curd
- Hartley's Village Heritage Council (Dead link.)
- "Histon jam factory to be sold as part of £200m deal". Cambridge News. 2012-08-23.
- "Premier Foods sells Robertson's and Hartley's for £200m". BBC News. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- Nicholls, Robert (2008). Curiosities of Merseyside. The History Press.