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Heritage signs pave the way to Hinckley’s historic jitties

Published Wednesday, 27 September 2023
Councillor Stuart Bray with one of the new jitty signs

A SERIES of heritage signs have been installed to signpost Hinckley’s historic town centre jitties.

The hanging and fixed signs, funded by High Street Heritage Action Zone and the Environmental Improvement Programme, have been placed by Lilleys Yard, Varnons Yard, Crown Court and Crown & Anchor Yard.

It is hoped that the signs will make the historic jitties and yards, dotted throughout Hinckley town centre and around Castle Street, more visible to both residents and shoppers.

The yards and jitties around Castle Street have huge importance to the town, adding not only visual interest but also creating a distinctive character in the town’s conservation area. They also provide historic rights of way, giving access to the edges of the town centre for pedestrians.

The signs cost a total of £8,000 and were manufactured and installed by local company Ironcraft. £4,000 of this was funded by the Council’s Environmental Improvement Programme budget, with the rest funded by the High Street Heritage Action Zone. 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Leader and Executive Member for Regeneration and Town Centres, Councillor Stuart Bray, said:

We are really pleased with these new signs, and I’d like to extend my huge thanks to the High Street Heritage Action Zone for helping us with the funding. 

We hope that the signs will enable people to explore more of Hinckley’s historic yards and jitties, as well as the many independent shops and businesses situated close to them. Ironcraft did a fantastic job of installing them, and it’s been great to see residents and shoppers already enjoying and making use of these new signs.

Photo: Councillor Stuart Bray pictured with one of the new signs.