In 1902 'Pickerings' produced an "Illustrated Family Almanack, Trade Directory and Diary' at a price of one penny. Mr Guy Duncombe has kindly given the Historian permission to print extracts from this publication. It is interesting to compare the details with those of the Year Book to Hinckley in 1900, which was published in the Hinckley Historian, No.44 in Autumn 1999.
1902 was the year of King Edward VH's Coronation, which in the event was postponed as a result of his untimely appendicitis. The "Hinckley Times' produced an edition printed in gold to mark the Coronation. Three representatives of L (Hinckley) Company of Volunteers were chosen to be present at the Coronation. These were Sergeant S H Gilbert, whose life was described by G.Drozdz in an earlier Historian No.36, Corporal Wileman and Private Warner. They were all chosen because of previous service in South Africa and their military efficiency.
In Hinckley, the block of buildings on Station Road, Constitutional Buildings was completed and "Heawood and Co.” Photographers occupied the premises next to the new Post Office building.
A number of extracts from the Almanack will also appear in the next edition covering places of worship, the Post Office and Local Carriers.
Author: Hugh Beavin
Written for: Hinckley Historian Magazine