Hathern had just been brought into the Borough of Loughborough and the expenditure required to bring housing and sanitary conditions up to standard was raising a few eyebrows. Nearly half of the houses to be demolished were in Golden Square (see picture on home page). Photo above is top of Green Hill (maybe these were some of the houses, they certainly look a bit run down)). In the gallery of streets and houses on this site you can, no doubt, see many of the houses that were eventually demolished.  "It has been said more than once that Hathern never did anything for herself but was content to carry on in the same old higgledy piggledy way". Certainly right up to the outbreak of WW1, sewage and sanitary conditions and the associated outbreak of diptheria had been a major concern.The council was committed to rehousing the displaced persons many in Garendon Avenue (assuming it wasn't built yet then ?). At a council meeting at which one of the hot topics was the large increase in rates - some Loughborough people thought that they were subsidising Hathern. You can see the list of houses and the council debate here.  

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