Lundi limerick #98

Hinckley has just disappeared

a phenomenon really quite weird

‘twas the aliens did it

have they zapped or just hid it

they stood around, clapped and then cheered


Now, don’t worry,  this isn’t a major catastrophe at Hinkley Point. We haven’t had a nuclear meltdown in Somerset. No, this is Hinckley, a market town in southwest Leicestershire, England. It is administered by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. (Think Bosworth Field and the Wars of the Roses). Hinckley is the second largest town in the administrative county of Leicestershire, after Loughborough.

Hinckley is about midway between the cities of Leicester and Coventry and has a history going back to Anglo-Saxon times; the name Hinckley is Anglo Saxon: “Hinck” is someone’s name and “ley” is a meadow.  By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, Hinckley was quite a large village, and grew over the following 200 years into a small market town—a market was first recorded there in 1311. There is evidence of an Anglo Saxon church – the remnants of an Anglo Saxon sun-dial being visible on the diagonal buttress on the south-east corner of the chancel.

Such a pity that the aliens didn’t appreciate it!



17 thoughts on “Lundi limerick #98

  1. Aliens evidently know a good thing when they see it. I wonder what they’ll do with the place? 😀 I’ve never been to Hinckley, which isn’t that far from Bottesford where we lived for six years. Perhaps we should go and have a look sometime.

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  2. Wouldn’t it be great to have a cloaking facility at our fingertips just like the Klingon space ships in Star Trek? I often wondered if JK Rowling was a Star Trek fan and that’s where the idea for Harry’s invisibility cloak came from.

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