Hingham, Norfolk

Historical Description

Hingham, a small market-town and a parish in Norfolk. The town stands on a rising ground near a lake which emits one of the headstreams of the river Tare, 1 mile from Hard-ingham station on the G.E.R., and 6 miles W by N from Wymondham, was partially burned in the middle of the 18th century, and is now chiefly modern, has a weekly market on Tuesday, and fairs on 7 March and 2 Oct. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Attleborough. The parish comprises 3698 acres; population, 1560. The manor belonged to the Earls of Pembroke, and passed to the Mor-leys, and it now belongs to the Earl of Kimberley. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net yearly value, £950, in the gift of the Earl of Kimberley. The church was built by Remigius de Hethersete, the rector, in 1316; is a spacious structure of flint in the Decorated style, 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 restored in 1872. There are Congregational and Primitive Methodist chapels. A grammar school, founded in 1727 by William Parlett, has £120 a year from endowment. Sir Ralph de Hingham, a judge in the time of Edward I., was a native.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


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Ancient County Norfolk
Ecclesiastical parish Hingham St. Andrew
Hundred Forehoe

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DistrictSouth Norfolk
Postal districtNR9
Post TownNorwich