Hinckley is an English town in the southwestern Leicestershire with 43,246 inhabitants (2001). Along with the constituency Bosworth Hinckley is the County (Borough) Hinckley and Bosworth with 100,000 inhabitants. The place is known by the motorcycle manufacturer Triumph. Hinckley is crossed by the Ashby Canal. To London is 160 km, Birmingham 50 Coventry 20 km away. South past the place the A road leads (federal highway) A5 London - Bangor. About 4 km southeast runs the M 69 motorway and flows near Leicester in the M1 to London. A rail connection is via Leicester to Birmingham and London. The nearest airports are East Midlands, Coventry and Birmingham. William Shakespeare mentions Hinckley in his play Henry IV. The poet John Cleveland lived here from 1621 to 1627, the pianist and music teacher Leonard Heaton was born in 1889 here. Hinckley is twinned with the German Herford since 1,972th Another twinning is with Le Grand-Quevilly.