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Top five tips for Hinckley & Bosworth visitors


Top five intriguing Hinckley and Bosworth facts

  • The world speed record was broken by a kit car from Ultima Sports in Hinckley. A new world record time of zero to 100 mph in 5.9 seconds was set at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground
  • At the end of the 1840s, plans were undertaken to turn Hinckley into a Spa town to rival Cheltenham. A healing spring was located on the present site of the Ashby Tavern and was called the Mineral Baths. The plans failed due to a lack of rail transport to the town
  • On 12 April 1727, a young saddler named Richard Smith was murdered in Hinckley Market Place - his tombstone is in St Mary's Churchyard and, in April every year, strange drops of red moisture appear on the stone and trickle down, as if crying tears of blood for Richard
  • William Iliffe introduced the first knitting machine to Hinckley in 1640
  • The first taxi cab was built in Hinckley by Joseph Hansom - the original Hansom Cab

Last updated: ‎21/03/2024 15:42