New articles continue to be added during the lockdown as indicated below. Also another photo (front and back) has been added to the article on Ernest Antill, Hathern's own itinerant Victorian photographer.

  • Streets of Hathern

    19 July 2021 Original articles
    This article is just a collection of miscellaneous facts about our village streets. To be added to as necessary. Gladstone Street.It appears first on the OS Map of 1884.  It runs up from Cross Street...
  • The Groves and Poplar House

    07 July 2021 Original articles
    For those old enough to remember 'The Grove family' was a much-loved series on 'the wireless' in the 1950s. This is not them. This article was prompted by an email enquiry in May of this year (2021) by...
  • Hathern Station Brick and Terra Cotta on Facebook

    02 June 2021 Web links
    Below is just one of the interesting photos you can see on the Facebook page. The poster shows the original Hathern Station Works and the Blue Brick Works at Tamworth. 
  • Hathern diaspora in USA : textile workers all

    13 April 2021 Original articles
    In May 2017 an email from Liz Barnett in Brookline Massachussetts contained following information about her ancestors who were Hathern-born emigrants to America :- Good morning, gentlemen from...
  • Crime and punishment in C19th Hathern

    02 March 2021 Original articles
    Below is the latest article by Dr. Andree Bagley :- This survey examines crimes committed by or against Hathern people during the nineteenth century. The Newspaper Archives provide a valuable source of...
  • Tanners Lane (work in progress)

    23 February 2021 Original articles
    Tanners Lane is the only street name that survives today from the 1778 enclosure map. On this site we have already investigated the location of the Tannery. We have also looked at the history of the...
  • The Griffin family on The Green

    05 February 2021 Original articles
    Amongst several family albums seen by the History Society is that of the Griffin family who lived at number 8 The Green. This had the dubious priviledge of being one of the last houses in the...
  • Flying pioneer was born in Hathern

    05 February 2021 Original articles
    George Cyril Colmore born in Hathern in 1886 was the first qualified pilot in the Royal Navy. After completing training, which Colmore paid for out of his own pocket, he was issued with Royal Air...
  • WW2 casualties were related

    30 December 2020 Original articles
    In Hathern Cemetery is this memorial to those who fell in military service in world wars and other conflicts. Included in the WW2 list are two grandchildren of John Alexander Swift and his wife...
  • Healthy Hathern

    19 October 2020 News and Journal articles
    In the Leicester Daily Post of June 6th 1914 Hathern was declared as the second healthiest village in Leicestershire (Old Wigston was the healthiest). This was despite the dire state of the...
  • De Lisle's have a garage sale in 1879

    07 October 2020 Original articles
      In the summer of 1879 there was an auction at the King's Head, Loughborough of freehold property in Hathern and Shepshed. This was widely advertised in the press leading up to this occasion for...
  • Hathern lady shares in windfall from long lost brother

    02 September 2020 Original articles
      This is  the headline from the local paper in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on March 19th 1932. Henry Sirrell had died intestate four years previously and had no known relatives. Unless next of kin could...
  • Swallow Walk estate built 1960s

    29 August 2020 Local records
    In the 1960s a large number of new houses were built on the East side of the village with access provided from Gladstone Street, Wide Street,Tanners Lane and Anchor Lane. Most of the land had...
  • Death and disease in Victorian Hathern

    29 August 2020 Original articles
    Opium-derived drugs (opiates) include heroin, morphine and codeine. They were marketed and used to treat teething from perhaps as early as the 1700s, By the mid-1800s, tincture of opium (AKA...
  • 19 the Leys. Saved from demolition

    19 August 2020 Original articles
    On the left is a photo of 19 The Leys as it was a few years back (from our gallery of streets and houses). Since then new houses have been built on the quite large area of land that it occupied and...
  • Housing shortage 1919

    18 August 2020 News and Journal articles
    Housing shortage 1919 Here are two articles from the summer of 1919 in which the Parish Council discuss the question of housing provision by the District Council to villages including Belton and...
  • Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

    16 August 2020 News and Journal articles
    In June 1897 the country celebrated the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. A bank holiday was declared for Tuesday June 22nd and hundreds of thousands watched the royal parade in London. In Hathern,...
  • George Marcus Hollis - headmaster

    12 August 2020 Original articles
    Here you can see a profile by Kay Hughes of Hathern's much-loved headmaster George Marc Hollis after whom Hollis Way is named. Mr. Hollis was headmaster from 1954 to 1970.

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