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Hathern is a large village and civil parish in the Charnwoodmarker district of Leicestershiremarker, Englandmarker. It is in the north of the district, and is just north of Loughboroughmarker, and is on the A6. The parish has a population of about 1,800. Nearby places are Dishley, Long Whattonmarker, and Zouchmarker, over the border in Nottinghamshiremarker. The village has, recent years, campaigned to prevent the green "wedge" separating Loughborough, Shepshedmarker and Hathern from being built on.

The village is home to the Swift Sock Factory, one of only a small number of independent sock manufacturers left in the UK. They have recently used news-reader Selina Scott's angora goats.Recently, the villages full colour magazine, The Hathern Herald, has had to shut down due to lack of support from the village and advertisers.

Notable Residents

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


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