The Coffee Factory
Hatton is a village and parish in southern Derbyshire. It is located four miles north of Burton upon Trent, 12 miles west of Derby and 25 miles east of Stoke-on-Trent. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 Census was 2,785.
Hatton is about half a mile north of Tutbury, Staffordshire with the River Dove running between the two villages and creating the county border; the river is crossed by a listed bridge. It has a population of 2,690 and is mainly residential.
The village has excellent transport links. It is close to the A50 road which links the M1 and M6. The A50 used to pass across the northern edge of the village, but was bypassed in May 1995. The former route is now the A511, which passes through the village from Tutbury. Tutbury and Hatton railway station is on the Nottingham to Crewe line. The station was originally closed in the Beeching cuts in the 1960s, but was re-opened in the 1980s (like other previously-closed rural stations) due to public demand. Local bus services link Hatton with the market towns of Burton-upon-Trent and Uttoxeter; and city of Derby.
The land adjacent to the River Dove is home to 'Thistley Meadow'. This community nature reserve has gone from strength to strength over recent years through the dedication and hard work of local residents. From this southern part of the village there are excellent views across the river to Tutbury Castle and the long horizon beyond adds to the open panoramic views from the bridge. Towards the northern part of the village there is a good network of footpaths and bridle ways which can be used to navigate round the village or used as a link to the neighbouring villages of Hilton and Marston-on-Dove; or even further beyond into the less populated villages of South Derbyshire which link Hatton with the open farmland that reaches up towards Ashbourne and the Peak District National Park. Heathland and pasture are the dominant environmental features and this balances well with the residential and commercial aspects of the village.
The surrounding farmland supports a strong dairy farming industry. Until the late 1970s the Nestlé factory had its own private siding, which gave access to milk trains. The factory since has developed into a major coffee producer, the sole United Kingdom facility producing the Dolce Gusto range, and also Nescafé, which is also made in Hayes in Middlesex.
The village has a famous café, The Salt Box on the A511, which has won awards as the best transport café in the UK. There is no similar stop on the parallel A50, hence its popularity. Opposite the cafe is the Sunar Gow, Indian restaurant and nearby is the Railway Tavern pub. There is a Co-op in the village, next to the railway station, as well as a Post Office, two newsagents and several other village shops and food outlets.
It is estimated that in 1880 the village had around 500 residents. The population has since quintupled.
Notable historical residents
- John Berry (1920-2010), designer of the Esso tiger in the 1950s, and many children's reference books for Ladybird Books.
- Roger Davies (born 1950), Derby County footballer.
- Joseph Spendlove (born 1978), TV fitness expert from Channel 4's morning show The Big Breakfast.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11124328&c=Hatton&d=16&e=62&g=6414858&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1458986995220&enc=1. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
- Henry was given a large number of manors in Derbyshire including Brailsford, Aston-on-Trent, Pilsbury and Bradley.
- Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.745
- "GB Historical GIS. University of Portsmouth, Hatton Tn/CP through time. Population Statistics. Total Population, A Vision of Britain through Time.". http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit/10070466/cube/TOT_POP. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- John Berry, Obituary, The Guardian, retrieved 10 April 2015
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