Welcome to Hathern History
This is an archive of historical data for Hathern, a compact village just 3 miles north of Loughborough. There are strong indications that a settlement existed here in the Saxon period but the first written record was in the Domesday book where it was called Avederne, old English for hawthorne. Prominent in the centre of the village is Hathern Cross, probably dating from the 14th century. Like most villages in this part of the country, farming and framework knitting have been major sources of employment. All farmhouses within the village have now become private dwellings but the hosiery connection remains with the factory of J Alex Swift. Our most famous resident was, briefly, John Heathcoat inventor of the bobbin lace machine that sparked the Luddite riots. The parish church dates mainly from the 14th century although a place of worship probably existed on the site in earlier times. An ancient font, one of the oldest in the county is regularly used for baptisms. Over the past 20 years the local history society has produced a number of booklets containing picture and stories of old Hathern. Many of these pictures are amongst those that can be viewed in our gallery. The site also contains searchable census and parish records as well as inscriptions from all the headstones in Hathern Churchyard. Information about Hathern on this website has been obtained from many other sources including the British newspaper archives and local libraries. From the panels below you can get quick links to all the information.
BREAKING NEWS WILL TELL YOU WHAT HAS BEEN ADDED RECENTLY.
OTHER SOURCES WILL GIVE YOU LINKS TO 'HATHERN' IN NATIONAL ARCHIVES etc.