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Coordinates: 52°47′47.00″N 1°15′20.00″W / 52.79639°N 1.25556°W / 52.79639; -1.25556

Hathern parish church
Hathern Signpost

Hathern is a large village and civil parish in the Charnwood district of Leicestershire, England. The village itself is located in the north of the district, and is just north of Loughborough. It is served by the A6. The parish has a population of about 1,800. Nearby places are Dishley, Long Whatton, and Zouch, over the border in Nottinghamshire. Residents of the village have, in recent years, campaigned to prevent the green "wedge" separating Loughborough, Shepshed and Hathern from being built on.

The village is also home to the Swift Sock Factory, one of only a small number of independent sock manufacturers left in the UK.

Notable residents

John Heathcoat of Duffield invented a machine for making lace (English net or bobbinet) in Hathern in 1808.[1], having previously moved his business from Nottingham due to 'the intrusion of competing inventors'. He subsequently moved the factory to Loughborough and then in 1816 to Tiverton in Devon after 55 lace frames were destroyed by vandalism.


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