It was Mr Henry Henderson who concocted his first batch of Relish in 1885. Originally made at 35 Broad Lane in Sheffield, Henderson’s Relish is still being made and has been in uninterrupted production within a short distance of the site from which the first bottle was filled.

The company was bought by Shaws of Huddersfield in 1910 and Charles Hinksman, the uncle of Dr Kenneth Freeman, was installed as the general manager.  In 1940 Mr Hinksman bought Hendersons from Shaws and formed the present company of Hendersons (Sheffield) Ltd. The company has been in the family ever since. Mr Harvey Freeman took over stewardship of the company in 1975 from his sister Gladys (the wife of Mr Hinksman). Dr Kenneth Freeman became the Managing Director and Chairman in 1991 and has overseen many important changes in the company’s profile. Dr Freeman ran the company very successfully until his death in 2013 at the age of 92. His wife Pamela Freeman is now the Managing Director.


Henderson’s Relish is still being blended to the original secret recipe of Henry Henderson. The recipe remains a secret only known to three family members.

Henry Henderson

It was Mr Henry Henderson who first started producing the spicy Yorkshire sauce which we still proudly produce in the heart of Sheffield today. Founding the business between 1881 and 1883, Henry Henderson owned the company for just short of 30 years, before selling it in 1910 to pickle makers Shaws of Huddersfield.

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