Hingham  Norfolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hingham like this:

HINGHAM, a small town and a parish in Forehoe district, Norfolk. The town stands on a rising ground, near a lake which emits one of the headstreams of the river Yare, 3¼ miles WSW of Kimberley r. station, and 6 W by N of Wymondham; was largely burnt in the middle of last century, and is now chiefly modern; had formerly a weekly market; has still fairs on 7 March, Whit-Tuesday, and 2 Oct.; has also a post office‡ under Attleborough; and is a seat of petty sessions. ...

The parish comprises 3, 649 acres. Real property, £11, 149. Pop., 1, 605. Houses, 373. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to the Earls of Pembroke, and passed to the Morleys and the Wodehouses. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £1, 200. * Patron, Lord Wodehouse. The church was built by Remigius de Hethersete, the rector, in 1316; is a spacious structure with a lofty tower; had formerly several chapels; contains, in a still extant side chapel, a noble monument to Thomas Lord Morley, who died in 1435; has an E window of stained glass, 36 feet by 18, given in 1813 by Lord Wodehouse; and was recently in disrepair. There are chapels for Independents and Primitive Methodists. A free grammar school, founded in 1727 by William Parlett, has £165 a year from endowment; and other charities have £71. Sir Ralph de Hingham, a judge in the time of Edward I., was a native.

Hingham through time

Hingham is now part of South Norfolk district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Norfolk has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Hingham itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hingham in South Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 15th November 2019

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