Our Town


Our Town, Hinckley. In the heart of the Midland's countryside.

In the town:
In spite of years of official vandalism our town still has a good number of historic buildings in everyday use, mainly as office, health or small business units. Our historic main shopping area (Castle Street) has a varied range of small shops, cafes and includes a small indoor mall (Britannia Centre), a large open air market operates on Mondays and Saturdays with a varied and colourful range of stalls. A once a month "Farmers market" fills Castle Street with a wide and interesting array of local produce. A new development in progress in the lower part of the town promises a range of well known high stores, a cinema and good car parking. Besides shopping the town centre has a superb library containing a wide selection of books, recorded music and film on CD/DVD. It also hosts regular activity groups, lunchtime talks and visiting author events. The children's section is always busting with Mums/Dads and young readers especially on Saturdays. Reading and fun events are held for children when the local schools are on holiday. The former Atkins factory building is now a multi-use space containing small business, exhibition areas and a cafe, the registry office and local newspaper also use the building. The North Warwickshire & Hinckley College have an iconic new building adjacent to the Atkins building. Another former hosiery factory is now home to The Concordia Theatre, with others in use as living accommodation, or small business units. Within the town "Argents Mead" is an oasis of grassed areas and flower beds where children can play and others can just relax and watch the world go by. The bandstand is alive with music on summer weekends. A new Leisure Centre is planned for the edge of this area on the site of the former Council Offices. Just on the edge of our inner town are two large parks, Queens and Hollycroft, the latter has good recreation facilities including Bowls, Tennis and Pitch & Putt Golf, a stage which is the venue for many music events throughout the year and some well kept trees and flower borders.



Transport:
The town is served by a number of bus companies for both local and cross county services. Frequent trains connect the town to the National rail network via Leicester or Birmingham. Business has been attracted to the area because of our proximity to major trunk roads and the Motorway network. Two international airports are within easy reach of the town.



On the fringes:
With a short distance of the town centre you can be in the quiet of the Leicestershire countryside. The common land and woodland is a magnet for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Just within the entrance is a Cafe and Children's play area. The Ashby Canal runs very close to the town with a large marina and boat hire facilities. The famous Bosworth Battlefield is close by, with its award winning visitor centre and exhibition areas. A motor race circuit at Mallory Park hosts events throughout the year.

For many years Hinckley was an important centre in the Hosiery and Knitwear industries, with factories within the town. As the trade began to decline due to overseas competition and changing trends in fashion, other businesses became more important. Engineering, which had always had a small presence in the area, took on a more leading role. Burgess Products became a major supplier to the transport industry supplying silencers for a range of vehicles from cars to ocean liners. However the main growth came from the more specialist sectors including the aviation industry and independent car manufacturers. Triumph Motorcycles and MIRA (Motor Industries Research Assn.) testing ground, which is shortly to be expanded, have become good employers for the town. In the topsy-turvy world of business it is interesting to note that some high quality hosiery businesses still operate in the area. Retail and wholesale distribution depots provide employment in the local area too, with a new large unit being built soon close to the A5 trunk road.