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Years Highlights
1733-1813
Great storm - farm labourer killed by lightning. Cheese riots. Soldiers used to quell stocking makers protest. Hare strays into 3 Crowns and eaten by customers.
1813-1829
Manchester mail coach runs loose on tollgate. Diabolical killing of animals in fields. Thomas Guttridge, blacksmith, dies leaving 121 descendants. Highway robbery - man transported for life. Death sentence for man who steals horse off Hathern butcher. Churchwardens warn of bogus framework knitters.
1830-1834
C.M. Phillipps distributes a cow and a loaf, and 1 shilling each to poor at Christmas. Marquis of Hastings hounds meet at Hathern Turn (first mention). Sentence of 18 months hard labour for 66 year old man.For sale - an assemblage of genteel furniture, including painted night commodes.
1835-1839
Proposals for Swannington, Zouch and Loughborough Railway. 12 year old boy to enter 9 year apprenticeship. Hathern rector donates recreation field for boys of Hathern. Shepshed Poor-Law riot - special constables on hand to prevent repeat at Hathern. Victorious cricket team come a cropper. Radicals to meet at Hathern.
1840-1842
Hathern man named as notorious sheep stealer. Several cases of poaching on land belonging to C.M. Phillipps. Rib top hands go on strike. Concern as dog goes mad. 7 years transportation for stealing bag of soot. Chartist camp at Hathern Turn.
1843-1845
Rector within law not to allow burial of unbaptised person in churchyard. Agricultural implements made in Hathern excite attention. Several cases of domestic arguments and mistreatment of apprentices. Commission of Lunacy at Hathern.
1845-1847
Police prevent big prize fight at Hathern. C.M. Phillipps waives allotment fees after poor season. Farm labourer dies of exposure to sun. 3 month old child dies after wrong dosage of medicine.
1848-1850
Important game case Boyer vs. Phillipps. Zouch Mills resumes full production. Death at aged 25 of Rev. Phillipps youngest daughter. Bankruptcy of Hathern tanner.  Woman previously from Hathern dies after illegal abortion. 
1851-1853 
Child accidentally run over and killed at Hathern Turn. Temperance lecture at the Baptist chapel. Rev Phillipps chairs annual meeting of Bible Society in Hathern Free School. Reading room opened for working men. Woman removed to private asylum in Hathern. Notorious poacher is training lads to follow in his footsteps. Hathern population figures published.
1854-1856 
Fatal accident at Handford's sawmill. Temperance League meeting in schoolroom. 7 Golden Square tenements for sale at the Fox and Hounds Inn Hathern. Music and fireworks at peace celebration. Miserable death of tramp in field.
1857-1859 
Extraordinary case of murder and suicide. Hathern Wakes week - church choir trip on Midland railway to Alton Towers. Highway robbery on Whatton Road. Body of child found in ditch. Woman burnt to death. Death and obituary of much loved rector Edward Phillipps.  
1860-1862 
Hathern Band plays in Whatton church and temperance festival. Tribute to the late Mr. Heathcoat. Man dies of intoxication and exposure after drinking in Hathern Turn. Record of ministry of Rev. Phillipps produced by his daughters. Parish church opened after restoration. Novel wedding festivities as man over 80 years old marries 45 year old.
1863-1865 
Couple jailed for stealing Hathern man's watch. Domestic incident after cap thrown into privy. New Wesleyan chapel opened. Hosiers give their workmen a treat.
1866-1868 
Rev. Smythies gives talk on "Emigration : what to do and where to go". Important discussion on steam cultivation.
1869-1871 
Cricket - Hathern man turns out for County colts at Trent Bridge. Rev Smythies speaks out against Education Bill. A clergyman tampering with parish returns. Rev Smythies disputes toll charge. Horticultural show a great success. Alarming accident near Hathern station.
1872-1874 
Meeting of framework knitters to hear result of deputation to MP. Grand wedding of rector's daughter marked by striking of new clock. Rev. Smythies accused of taking stone from Hathern quarry. 3 men hurt building the new Soar bridge.
1875-1876 
Hathern cricketer features in Sporting Life. Police foil cock fighting in Hathern. Parisioners turn down plans to improve drains.  Hathern Co-operative Society report. Dinner for Hathern old cricket club.
1877
Theft of cricket implements. Rev. Smythies opposes proposal for school board. Local athletes win Christmas £10 handicap.
1878-1880 
Entertainment in Temperance Hall. Death of Mr Phillips, lord of the manor. Rev Smythies argument over cattle. Rev Smythies disputes appointment of overseer. Accidental death of child alone in house. Rev Smythies objects to use of path for foot-racing. Extensive robbery of hosiery. Great sale of property. Hathern man wins fishing match. Football match vs. St. Peter's.
1881
Loads of football and cricket matches. Poaching and drunkeness as usual. Young Mens Institute. Co-op. Many chapel events. First interment under new Burials Act. Featured article on Hathern on June 18th. Voting on Sunday closing of pubs.
1882
 Young Mens Mutual Improvement Society. Driving offences and accidents. Assault on Schoolmistress. Blue Ribbon (temperance) Movement. Ballad celebrating Hathern and Shepshed past wrestlers.
1883
Death of cricketer Fred Randon. Request for new post pox at Anchor. Hill house for sale. Mr. James Fisher and family emigrate to South Australia.
1884
Hathern Vics vs. Hathern Morning star. Calico handout for poor. Serious fire at Burrowes woodyard. Big house sale. Sick Club feast.
1885
Gladstone Street named. Path required on Hathern Turn Hill. New Primitive Methodist school. T.Brown becomes a professional cricketer in London. Wakes Week celebrations. Dewdrop refused a full license after objection from Anchor.
1886
Disturbing suicide through want of work. Hathern quarry. Hosiery workers union activity. Liberals vs. Conservatives in election. Liberal Club building. Cottages for sale on Round Bank.
1887
New factory with steam power. More poaching. Terrible case of hydrophobia. Anti-coercion agitation. Queens Jubilee celebrations. Neighbours quarrel. Swimming race in River Soar. Formal opening of Liberal Club.
1888
 Fighting at Salvation Army rally. Hosiery dispute. Bishop of Zanzibar visits Hathern
1889
 Rev Smythies - "a parson and polite letter writer". Exceptional floods. Campaign for Sunday closing. Bathing fatality. Smythies and "Wicked Hathern" again.
1890 (i)
Churchwarden dispute. Rev Smythies charged with assault followed by mysterious dog poisoning.
1890 (ii)
 New telegraph service from Hathern station. Burial incident at Hathern churchyard. Hathern Band dispute.
1891 (i)
Burial scandal. Farmer goes bankrupt. Parish quarry. Flu epidemic. Liberals win in elelction. Thunderstorm wreaks havoc.
1891 (ii)
Mysterious outrage at Long Whatton following Hathern Wake. Trips out from village by train and boat. Death of Rev Smythies.
1892(i)
House sale main road and Golden Square. Horse and trap loose in village. Poor state of roads. Works dinner at glove factory. Beating the bounds (old tradition revived). Knitters to join trade union. 
1892(ii)
Union men locked out of glove factory. Argument with De Lisle over fishing rights. Dispute over sale of horse.
1893(i)
New burial ground discussed. Dispute about Charity prizes to Hathern pupils. Better postal services required.
1893(ii)
Monster demonstration for Co-operative movement's 21st anniversary. Scarlet fever closes school. Highway Board acts on stiles, telegraph poles and cobbled paths. Death of Anchor landlord John Cooper.
1894(i)
Hathern gentleman murdered in Argentina. Violent gale causes damage. Football team wins Shield - then disqualified. Burial question raised : churchyard is full. Henry Moody in court again.
1894(ii)
Liberals dominate new Parish Council. Season of Band contests. Hathern Choir goes on strike. Milkseller declared bankrupt. Drunken fracas in King's Arms. River mystery. Details emerge of Loughborough section of new railway line. Fox cornered in Hathern shoemaker's shop in Boxing Day hunt.
1895(i)
Site for new Co-op butcher. 3 Crowns for sale. Stints chosen for new cememtery. Barge accident. New churchwardens. Trade dispute at Brickyard. Horse poisoned by yew. Band contest result met with hostile demonstration.
1895(ii)
Election fever. Tenders for school extension. New cemetery siite approved. Local MP opens Baptist bazaar. Farmer attacked by bull. Measles outbreak closes school. First interment in new cememtery. Allotment land purchased from Leys Farm.
1896(i)
Cemetery opened. Co-op thriving. Contoversary over cemetery consecration. Search for new business in village. Young man dies after falling from the Cross. Derby Road allotments marked out. Man dies of laudanum poisoning.
1896(ii)
List of presents for Hathern wedding. Scholarship prizes awarded. Dispute with school over distribution of charity money. Armenian Minister tells of terrible slaughter of christians in his country. Earhquake wakes residents. Hosiery trade downturn. Hathern woman gets separation from Derby landlord. 
1897(i)
Memorial window to Rev Smythies. New room at school. Mr. Fuller retires from Sunday School. 2 lads have narrow escape in river. Opening of Sunday morning adult class. School's bill debated. Liberal Club donate to Penryn lock-out fund. Question about body alignment in cemetery. Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
1897(ii)
Near drowning at Zouch Mills. Allegations against Hathern policeman in Kegworth man's strange death. New Technical School. Continuing dispute about allocation of Charity moneys - for education or the needy ? Plan to plant Jubilee tree on Round Bank. Complaints about children attending church service at School.
1898(i)
Jubilee tree planted. Sam Price wins singing contest. Parish Council considers winter street lighting. Collection for Whitwick disaster fund. Commission enquiry into charity estate. Vics tipped for football honours again. Jubilee tree "passes away". Need for recreation ground. School prizes awarded. Move to put non-conformists on School Board.
1898(ii)
Residents win dispute over footpath from Pasture Lane to river. Collection for respected bandsman. Pleasure seekers head for Cleethorpes. Mr. Miller admonishes newspaper for getting band name wrong. Burglary at Post Office. Subjects for Technical School chosen. Sunday School supports Tsar of Russia's disarmament proposal. Conscientious objectors to vaccination. Trap accident outside Anchor.
1899(i)
Sale of shop and cottages on Green. Firsr Sunday funeral for 50 years. Local preacher goes missing and then found drowned. Seasrch for new jobs for men. NSPCC case. Charity estate again discusses prizes for children who do not present themselves for register before the morning prayers.
1899(ii)
Man dies after falling on stake. Hosiery manufacturer fined for breaches of Factory Act. Fight between eel and otter in river. Hathern man assaults girl on train. Parish votes to introduce street lighting. Tramway scheme between Loughborough and Hathern being considered.
1900(i)
Floods. Plans cancelled for tramway to Loughborough. Death of Ben Fuller. Hathern lad dies in accident at Normanton. The Vics win District League. Street lighting considered. Relief of Mafeking celebrated.
1900(ii)
Knitters to join Trade Union. Bad case of child neglect. Liberal candidate wins in General Election. Plans to re-open path through Pear Tree Lane. Library opened in Charity Rooms. Men accused of poaching on Lord Crawshaw's estate.
1901-2
Celebration committee for Coronation.Diptheria outbreak closes school. Man drunk at "The Royal Oak" Hathern (where is this ?). Local man excels in foot races. Boundary disputr at Elms. Snow cuts communications. New bakery at Co-op. Drinking water polluted.
1903-4
Robbery at baker's house. Furious motor car driving - over 12mph. Non-conformists rate rebellion. Dispute over photo enlargement. Board of Guardians agree to provide beer for the Workhouse at Xmas. Cottage in way of new road to Cemetery. Man in accident dies after delay in treatment.
1905-9

Measles fatality. Burial scandal.Cycle accident on Shepshed Hill. Cruelty to horse.Boy dies from burns when nightgown catches fire.. Mr. Lammas retires as headmaster.Floods cur off access to Hathern station. New rifle club. Welcome home to De Lisles. Motor omnibuses to Loughborough. Man's body found on football field. Whooping cough outbreak causes closure of school.  

1910-1913

Yearly floods.Sick club. New recreation ground proposed. Big house sale by order of H.T. Buttowes will. Outbreaks of scarlet fever, measles and diptheria. Quorn hounds meets at the Turn. Women's Unionist Association.Sewerage scheme discussed but no action.Men's and women's Adult school. Prize  band on Round Bank. Record score by Hathern Old cricket club. Wedding fiasco as Rector goes missing. 

 
1914-1918
Contaminated water blamed for diptheria death.Schools closed. Hathern claimed to be second healthiest village in Leics. Civilians League formed in peparation for war. Several young men join the army.First Hathern casualty is Samuel Caldwell. Belgian refugees arrive. Call to arms.Gifts sent to soldiers.Young man dies in accident at brickyard.Grand recruiting rally on Round Bank.Brickyard strike.Hathern farmer dies after being kicked by cow.
1919-1920
Sale of Dovecote farm and Meadow farm.Possible admission of girls to higher education.First meeting of the new parish council. Adult school re-established. John Edward Thompson assumed to have been killed in service. Proposed war memorial.Sale of seven houses in Gladstone St., Peace celebrations.Sale of houses and cottages on Green Hill.Memorial brass tablet unveiled in church.Shortage of teachers. War memorial ceremony in cemetery. Footpaths reclaimed.Need for recreation ground advised.
 
1921-1925
Hathern helps hospitals.New allotments on Derby Road.Mens adult school sports.Dangerous state of county bridge. Dalgarno advertises hair fertiliser. Hathern framework knitters make clothes for Princess Mary's wedding. Floods again. New motorised  fire engine for Hathern replaces horsepower.Headmaster Edwin Fern steps down due to illness. Hathern poultry farmer found drunk in charge of a motor.Parish council asks if village is to have a lighting system. Hathern woman dies in fire whilst having epileptic fit. Proposal to form a Women's Institute.Wife accuses husband of selling her for 3 pence. Cost of electric street lighting considerd too high to proceed. 
1926-1929

Lorry crashes In Hathern blizzard.Old lady gathering firewood struck by Hathern man. Nearly 40 live descendants of Hathern couple.Tragic death of Co-op manager. Hathern boy scalded in wash-house. Hathern declared most attractive railway station. Water supply - will scheme ever come to fruition ? Worker at Hathernware receives £550 compensation for  loss of arm. Picture of ex-servicemen at commemoration of Armistice.Man's death after quarrel at the Club on Boxing Day. Mystery shot at Hathern motor-cyclist. Mr. Ward still in charge of hand frame at age 78. Husband cylist dies in crash outside his home. Extraodinary scenes as woman donns bathing costume in fancy dress parade. Water shortage hampers firemen attending midnight blaze. George Roper celebrates 91st birthday..

1930-1934

Old tollgate demolished in road widening. Smallpox outbreak.Pictures after lorry overturns and spills condensed milk. Hathern terracotta fronts on buildings across the  country. Poultry farmer dies after fall. Sub-station on the Green switches on electric lamps. Coal seam legend exploded. Carnival pictures. Douglas Hoole accepts living as vicar. New high level reservoir may later serve Hathern. Hathern bandmaster for 55 years.Bricklayer fined for poaching. Former Hathern policeman nearly caught criminal who was later hanged. Picture of huntsman Captain Reggie Farqhar et al at the Turn.  Resident of Stone House dies on bike in clash with motor-cyclist.New peal of bells for church. Two years hard labour for bricklayer with 5 cases of breaking and entering.Hathern woman one of lucky claimants to 35,000 dollar bequest from  relative in America. Sweehearts from Hathern found in collapsed state close to river Soar. Hathern dry while water flows at hand says Inspector. Loughborough objects to being saddled with Hathern. Tests reveal polluted water. Husband climbs ladder  to bedroom and spots wife with another man.

 
1935-1938
1935. Hathern begrudgingly accepted onto Loughborough council. Band squabble. Jazz band formed at secret meeting. Wife granted separation order after stabbing. Well water contaminated. Dual carriegeway plans 1936.Cistern tragedy at Stone House. Bellringers' strike. Fur and feather shows. Mrs.Dormer tops local poll. The Hunts sisters are popular nusical trio. New library. Ex PC who nearly caught notorious criminal. Hathern's very own hermit. 1937. Fatal crash on Toll Gate hill. Hathern goes on its own in Coronation celebrations.Cricket club successful season. Carnival band formed. Hathern man lives in hut on allotment. Fracas in Golden Square. Plane crash at Dishley Grange. Rector charges half-a-crown to confetti throwers. Possible playing field discussed by town council. Hathern girl wins talent competition and auditions for BBC with her two sisters. Fur and feather show at 3 Crowns.1938. 62 houses to be destroyed in village.Poor response to call for A.R.P. volunteers.Mr. Fern resigns as headmaster.Hathern is a healthy place says Leicester registrar.Jubilee celebrations. Five RAF bombers in trouble ; one of them makes forced landing at Hathern.  
 
1939-1945
1939. Parsnip grown is4 ft.6" long. Late bride fined at Hathern wedding.Jesse Hunt on shortlist for Loughborough carnival queen. Owners fight corporation to save old cottages.First evacuees arrive from Sheffield. New rector is Rev. D. Hoole.1940.German detained in car at Hathern. 28 days hard labour for drunken couple. Double crash in blackout. A.R.P. organisation now in place. Hathern man awarded Distinguished Flying Medal. 1941.Hathern people make contribution to Loughborough war weapons week. 1942.Loughborough council repossesses filthy home. Hosiery boss of Hathern factory dies aged 78. 1943. One year old Hathern boy drowns at Kegworth.Stolen wheat found in Anchor loft. 1944.Hathern man dies in machinery accident at Hathernware.Seventeen year old Hathern lorry driver in fatal accident with cyclist. Theft of eatables from Sutton Bonnington college. Rev. Doble to be Rector and Tutor at Hathern.Learner cyclist from Garendon Avenue killed in accident.1945.Hilda Dormer re-elected as Conservative candidate in Beaumont Ward.
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

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