By Tim Lambert

Early Hinckley

1086 At the time of the Domesday Book Hinckley is a large village with a population of about 300

1311 By now Hinckley is a small market town. It also has annual fairs.

1626 Plague strikes Hinckley

1640 An industry making stockings begins in Hinckley

1644 During the Civil War royalists occupy Hinckley but they are soon driven out

1700 Hinckley is a little market town with a population of around 2,000

1750 Hinckley is a prosperous little town known for hosiery

19th Century Hinckley

1801 Hinckley has a population of 5,158. However the town only expands a little during the early 19th century.

1804 Ashby Canal is built

1834 Hinckley gains gas light

1835 The first hansom cab is made in Hinckley

1858 A cemetery opens in Hinckley

1862 The railway reaches Hinckley

1872 Queens Park is laid out

1870s Sewers are dug under Hinckley

1890s A piped water supply is created

20th Century Hinckley

1901 Hinckley has a population of over 11,000

1912 Hinckley gains an electricity supply

1913 The first council houses are built in Hinckley

1922 A War Memorial is erected

1935 Hollycroft Park is laid out

1937 A new police station is built

World War II In Hinckley 12 people are killed by German bombing

1960 A new bus station is built

1962 The Edwards Centre is built

1972 Concordia Theatre opens

1974 Hinckley is made a borough

1975 A new library is built

1977 A new leisure centre is built

1981 The Britannia Centre opens

1993 St Peter's Church is built

1999 A new magistrates court is built

2000 The leisure centre is refurbished

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