Looking back: The history of the Hinckley Herald

Hinckley has been home to many print newspapers in its time – The Hinckley Times, The Hinckley Journal, The Hinckley Independent, but one of the least recognisable of the many was the Hinckley Herald.

The Hinckley Herald was a weekly free tabloid newspaper that set up in the mid-1970s.

It was distributed around the areas of Hinckley and the surrounding areas, including Barwell, Earl Shilton and Burbage.

The publication was owned by Coventry Newspapers Limited, a division of Trinity Mirror group.

Today, Trinity Mirror are best known under their new name of Reach plc., where they own digital news brands like Coventry Live and Leicestershire Live online.

The Hinckley Herald’s office was located on Station Road in Hinckley, in the Old Constitutional Club office space above the retail units.

The former Herald office space has sat empty from the mid-2010s where it was last used by the West Leicestershire branch of mental health charity Mind.

Where The Hinckley Herald used to operate from (Mason Moore for Hinckley Free Press)

The Hinckley Herald went from operating as a single newspaper to merging with The Hinckley Journal.

The Hinckley Journal was a free weekly advertising newspaper that was distributed around the market town of Hinckley at the same time as The Hinckley Herald and Hinckley Times.

When the Hinckley Herald purchased The Hinckley Journal, they took on a new and longer title for the newspaper of The Hinckley Herald and Classified Journal.

The Hinckley Herald and Classified Journal was published until June 2011 where it ceased publication.

They merged with the more well-known and popular local newspaper in Hinckley named The Hinckley Times.

All staff and writers of The Hinckley Herald moved into the Hinckley Times offices on Brunel Road just a three minute walk away from Station Road.

A photograph of The Hinckley Times offices back in June 2011 (Supplied by Google Street View)

The Hinckley Times offices on Brunel Road got demolished in more recent years to make way for The Crescent shopping complex.

Where The Hinckley Times on Brunel Road once sat, now demolished (Mason Moore for Hinckley Free Press)

The Hinckley Times relocated from their old offices in Brunel Road to their new space in The Atkins Building where they stayed from 2012 until Early 2020.

Sadly, the Hinckley Free Press were unable to track down any copies of the Hinckley Herald for this article. We do apologise about this and hopefully you were able to enjoy the article regardless.

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