A walk round hathern
This has been produced by Hathern Local History Society and features 55 properties, ranging from homes to pubs and churches, which are labelled on a map of the village.Around eight of the society’s 15-20 members have been involved in creating the book, which also includes information about the history of the village, right from framework knitting through to some of the more notable inhabitants, including John Heathcote and Henry Spittle.Terry Cox, society chairman, said: “The History Society has been in existence since about 1985 and we’ve produced several books in that related to peoples’ memories, but we’ve never actually produced a book about the properties. “We all went round the village and started with a list of a couple of hundred and narrowed it down to 55 including churches, Hathern Cross, the pubs – all sorts of interesting properties. “Once we had identified the houses, we took a few each and we’ve got a little bit about each one and a picture, whether it’s an old one or a modern one. They were all really pleased that we were taking an interest in their properties. Every property is numbered and it mainly keeps you in the conservation area". One of the members, Kay Hughes, added: “Some of the things we’ve found out about some of the really old houses is fascinating. “There are houses that look nothing from the outside but inside there’s a wonderful history. I was very surprised by 32 Wide Lane – it looks like a normal house but inside that is another little house and this shell was put over it. It also has a ship’s timber from the 1600s and it goes right inside the chimney, there’s rooms that are all on different levels, and you’ve got beams everywhere. It’s a good walk around the village – and all the pubs are on route! I think people will enjoy it, I’ve already sent two copies to America to friends of mine, and to my sister in Yorkshire and I think we’ve all done that.• Costing £2, the book is available from Cross Street Stores, Hathern Stores and Oakley Grange Farm.