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Hartley's is a brand of marmalades, jams and jellies, originally from the United Kingdom, which is manufactured at Histon, Cambridgeshire. The brand was formerly owned by Premier Foods, until it was sold along with the factory in Histon to Hain Celestial for £200 million in October 2012.[1][2]

Hartley's logo.svg
Product typeFood
OwnerHain Daniels Group
CountryUnited Kingdom
Previous ownersPremier Foods

Hartley's operates as a brand of Hain Celestial's subsidiary of the United Kingdom, Hain Daniels.


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.[3]

Hartley VillageEdit

Two years after the new factory had been opened in Aintree, Hartley 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.[3]



  1. ^ "Histon jam factory to be sold as part of £200m deal". Cambridge News. 2012-08-23. Archived from the original on 2012-08-27.
  2. ^ "Premier Foods sells Robertson's and Hartley's for £200m". BBC News. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b Nicholls, Robert (2008). Curiosities of Merseyside. The History Press.

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