We have been advised by his son, Christopher, that Lord Wade of Chorlton passed away on 7th June, 2018.

Lord Wade of Chorlton OB, 1932-2018


Distinguished Old Birkonian William Oulton Wade died on 7 June 2018.  A third-generation cheesemaker, Oulton Wade was Chairman of the Mollington Farmhouse Cheese Company and was credited with leading the revival of interest in fine British cheeses and with developing a thriving export market.  Mollington became one of the largest makers of traditional farmhouse cheese in Britain, at its height making over 6,000 gallons of milk a day into cheese.  In 1990 the Company was sold to Northern Foods.


After Birkenhead School, Oulton Wade studied at Queen’s University, Belfast; he later developed a keen interest in pig genetics, developing a pig breed with a low ratio of fat to lean.


A Conservative councillor on Cheshire County Council from 1973-1977, he was Treasurer and Chairman of the North West Area of the Party and in April 1982 he was appointed its National Treasurer (with Alistair Mc Alpine), touring the constituencies to raise funds.  In that year he was knighted and in 1990 he was created a life peer.  In the Lords he served on the Science and Technology Select Committee.  Among his interests in  later years was as Chairman of the Historic Churches in Cheshire Trust; together with the Duchess of Kent he also raised some 25 million pounds for the Christie Hospital in Manchester.  He retired from the Lords in 2016.