Description in 1871:
"HATHERN, a parish in Loughborough district, Leicester; adjacent to the Midland railway and the boundary with Notts, and near the river Soar, 3 miles NW of Longhborough. It has a post office under Loughborough. Acres, 1,340. Real property, £3,177. Pop., 1,112. Houses, 280. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to A. L. M. Phillips de Lisle, Esq. Many of the inhabitants are stocking makers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborougli. Valne, £650. * Patron, the Rev. Edward Smythies. The church is ancient, with a square tower; and was recently restored, at a cost of £1,455. There are chapels for: Baptists, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists, and charities £73."
"John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-1872"


Archives & Libraries

The Hathern Community Library which opened in 2016 in Greenhill is a branch of the Leicester County Council Library System. It is open 5 days each week (verify by phone if you are visiting) and has a section on Family History to assist you.



  • The cemetery was formed in 1896 and covered nearly an acre. It was under the control of the Parish Council.
  • The local Women's Institute has created a document of all the monument inscription in Hathern's two cemeteries. Over 500 gravestones are listed. These laminated pages can be found in the parish church.


  • The parish was in the Loughborough sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2276
1871 R.G. 10 / 3258
1891 R.G. 12 / 2517

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was built in the latter part of the 14th century.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1864.
  • The church seats 364.
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009.
  • Near the church, in the centre of the street, stands an ancient preaching cross on a graduated base of five steps.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Preaching Cross on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.

Church Records

  • The church is in the rural deanery of East Akeley.
  • The Catholic Church is dedicated to Saint Aloysius.
  • The Baptist chapel was rebuilt in 1880.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of The Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists and Primitive Methodists also had chapels here before 1912.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Loughborough sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Hathern is a village and was a parish. It is near the River Soar, and on the border with Nottinghamshire. The parish lies just northwest of Leicester city, 3 miles northwest of Loughborough and 112 miles north of London. The parish covered 1,341 acres, most of which was pasture for sheep and cattle.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, Hathern is on the road between Loughborough and Derby.
  • Eirian EVANS has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008. This sign is just off the Loughborough Road
You can see pictures of Hathern which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Hathern has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • This place was once mostly pasture and small farms.
  • In the 1800s and early 1900s, most inhabitants of the parish were frame-work knitters.
  • Hathern was for some time the residence of Mr. John HEATHCOAT, the inventor of the bobbinnet machine, born 7 Aug. 1783, in Leicestershire.
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of The Anchor Inn on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009. It is on the south end of the village.
  • Chris J. DIXON has a photograph of the Dew Drop Inn on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2005.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the medieval Preaching Cross (across from the school) on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016. The cross is listed as Grade II* with English Heritage.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK502225 (Lat/Lon: 52.797572, -1.256905), Hathern which are provided by:


Military History

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard from World War II.

There are two brass plaques on a wooden board inside the parish church. There are names from both World Wars and the conflict in Egypt.

In July, 1920, a War Memorial was dedicated in the cemetery in Hathern. It is a dark green Aberdeen granite cross surmounting ornate crown support on a tall shaft. There is an inscription on 3 faces of the shaft and on the small tablet in the front.


Military Records

The person buried in the churchyard is (from the www.Cwgc.ord site):

  1. Leslie BLYTH, sapper, 263 "A" Field Coy, Royal Engineers, died 12 June 1943. He unfortunately died in barracks when another man's rifle went off and the bullet struck him.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish. It became a Civil Parish, but was abolished in 1935.
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the mid (or northern) division of the county.
  • On 1 April, 1935, the parish was abolished and split into three pieces: 1,322 acres went to Loughborough Civil parish, 11 acres went to Long Whatton parish and the final 8 acres went to Shepshed parish.
  • The parish must have re-formed, because it now has a Parish Council. You may contact them regarding civic or political issues, but they CANNOT assist you with family history searches.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 956
1821 1,144
1841 1,252
1851 1,187
1871 1,120
1881 1,312
1891 1,133
1901 1,114
1911 1,209
1921 1,124
1931 1,225


  • A Public Elementary School (National School) was built here in 1850 to hold 193 children.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Hathern Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.