The Hinckley Druid Street conservation area, which includes Druid Street and adjacent streets, was designated by the council in January 2002 to highlight the importance of the hosiery industry to Hinckley's heritage.
Framework knitting was introduced into Hinckley c1640. This phase of the industry produced a few specially designed buildings, but none survive in the Druid Street conservation area.
The Druid Street area was the major centre for the town's industrial development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is fortunate to have escaped modern development.
Most of the buildings in the designated area were built between 1887 and 1903 and this reflects the adoption of powered factory production in the hosiery industry.
Key features of historic and architectural interest in the conservation area include:
- Fine gated industrial interior courtyards and jitties (pedestrian footways) associated with the development of the 18th and 19th century hosiery industry
- Outstanding late Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco factories
- A cluster of mid-Victorian community buildings
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