25 Years ago I would have said that most working age people in and around Hinckley were in the Boot & Shoe, Hosiery or Knitwear industries in the many local factories. These factories have now gone completely or been transformed into flats. What do people do now? I got some date from here.

Hinckley Area


Men are Blue & Women are red.

Vast majority of population were workers in dress, which covers the boot & shoe, knitwear & hosiery. Lots of men in agriculture and women in domestic service.


Farming has declined, manufacturing has declined and changed to light engineering (Triumph). So the big move seems to be into services.

By Fred Hartshorn

Retired Engineer but now am a Therapeutic Counselor and charity volunteer. Ex DJ. MBACP, BSc(Hon), DipComp, DipCoun. Interested in books, computing, family and local history. Budding artist. and Musician.