Why Is Hinckley Famous?
Hinckley is a market town situated in south-west Leicestershire, and is the third largest settlement in the area. Historically, the town goes back to Anglo-Saxon times, recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. A market was first recorded in Hinckley during 1311, and the remnants of an Anglo-Saxon church’s sundial is still visible on the diagonal buttress on the south-east corner of the chancel.
Hinckley has also traditionally been a hub for the hosiery industry, with the first framework knitting machine brought to the town by Joseph Olliffe during the 17th century. Textile firms still remain in the area to this day, with the Hinckley & District Museum, situated in a range of former framework knitters’ cottages, containing relics of framework knitting machines to tell the story of the ongoing industry.
Home to a wide range of creative and technological communities, the town holds countless designers, artists, illustrators, and photographers, with historical converted landmarks such as the renovated Atkins Building (formerly Atkins Hosiery) and Graphic House offering modern office and studio use to these sectors.
A town rich in culture, Hinckley also houses Simon de Montfort’s banner, described as the ‘Arms of Honour of Hinckley’, shown in stained glass in Chartres Cathedral. The banner is also used in Hinckley’s coat of arms, as well as in local sports teams of which Hinckley has several, such as the Hinckley A.F.C.
Near the centre of the town in Stockwell Head sits Concordia Theatre, where the local council holds an annual ‘Proms in the Park’ event. Hinckley has a booming history of theatre, and is even mentioned in Shakespear’s Henry IV, Part 2.