Hathern Local History Society was formed in 1980 for the purpose of recording and preserving the history of the village. The Society has gathered a collection of more than 700 photographs depicting the village and its people over the last 130 years. We have many accounts of life in the village, gained from interviews with life-long Hathern residents. The Society has published several books about the village's history, containing stories and   photographs, with total sales of more than 3500. The books still in print are “Old Hathern in Pictures”, "Hathern Remembered” and “Hathern at War" and the latest, "A Walk Round Hathern".   These can be obtained from Hathern Post Office, price £5. Books no longer in print are "Further Pictures of Old Hathern" and "A Look Back at Hathern" though all the pictures from those books are in the gallery on this website. 

Two audio-visual   presentations have been produced, using projected images, graphics and recorded commentry from local people: "Domesday+900", in line with the national initiative to record life in Britain during 1986. "This is   Hathern", showing life in Hathern over the last century, comparing the village in bygone times to the present day. These productions have been shown many times in the village, and have always attracted large audiences. 

In 2014 the History Society published  “A walk round Hathern”, a booklet describing some of the more interesting buildings in the village. Also now completed and first shown in 2018 is  “Hathern in 2012”, an audio-visual presentation village activities.  An ongoing proerct is about framework knitting aiming to identify and photograph all the remaining framework knitting shops in the village. The Society normally meets  on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm (current venue is The Anchor), and we welcome new members. 2016 and 2017 a member of the society worked with other volunteers on the "Charnwood Roots" project part of a nationwide initiative to record the history of all towns and villages in England. This is now complete and material collected for Hathern and nearby villages will be put online. In 2017 the Society took part in the Heritage Festival at Beaumanor Hall, displaying the information about the enclosure of fields in 1778. Following this The enclosure display was for a while shown at Hathern Library. In 2018, this display was repeated in the Church, along with a recently found rates map of 1824 which remarkably shows the exact residence of all householders. Also displayed was a framework knitting machine from the early 1800s, found in bits in  Hathern's own hosiery factory and now returned there following restoration aided by the Ruddington framework knitting museum.  

 Contact: Terry Cox  01509 843107, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any society member. For general enquiries or specific questions or contributions to the website, pleass contact Anthony White 01509 829579 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are continuing to collect information of any sort about the history of the village so if have any old photos or house deeds or indeed any interesting stories we will be happy to receive them. There are plenty of articles in the pipeline, for example material from Frank Savage's amazing collection of facts about the village and the Anchor day book from the early 1800s. On the website we intend to set up a timeline stretching the first mention of Hathern (Avederne) nearly 1000 years ago and also produce articles about each of the old houses in the village, starting with those on the 2018 wine walk. In November of this year we will be displaying material from the first world war as part of the 100 year anniversary of the cessation of hostilities. We are also working with Neil from the Anchor Inn to add to the collection of Hathern pictures shown in the bar and restaurant. WATCH THIS SPACE...... 

 

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