"HINGHAM, which gives name to a deanery, is a small but neat market town, consisting of a large square of good houses and shops, with several narrow streets, pleasantly seated on rising ground, near a large lake or mere, extending a mile in circumference, abounding in pike, eels, and other fish, and supplied by several copious springs, which give rise to a rivulet, flowing eastward to the Yare. It is distant 14 miles W.S.W. of Norwich, 9½ miles S. by E. of East Dereham, 6 miles W. of Wymondham, and 97 miles N.E. by N. of London. . . . Its PARISH has increased its population since the year 1801, from 1203 to 1691 souls, and contains 3525 acres of land, partly in the Rectory manor, and the Rev. W. B. Hurnard's manor of Gurney's, but mostly in Hingham Manor, of which Lord Wodehouse is lord, and owner of most of the soil. . . . The Church (St. Andrew,) is a large and handsome fabric, with a lofty tower, containing eight musical bells. It was rebuilt in 1316, by its rector, Remigius de Hethersete, and its patron, John le Marshal. Several chapels and numerous images decorated its interior, prior to the Reformation. . . . The rectory, valued in K.B. at £24. 18s. 4d., is in the gift of Lord Wodehouse, and incumbency of the Hon. and Rev. W. Wodehouse, who has a good residence, 33A. 3R. 3P. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £1260. 12s. 3d., awarded in 1842, in lieu of tithes." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © E.C. "Paddy" Apling]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Hingham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Minister, services, location, description, history, pictures, etc.
Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
No author
The story of Hingham Church.
[Norwich, Goose, 1947]
Norris, Roger and Watson, Maureen
Historic Hassocks of Hingham.
[St Andrew's Church, Hingham, 1990]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Hingham was in Forehoe Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Hingham Town Pages
Description, history, churches, Lincoln connection, maps, pictures, etc.
Hingham Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Hingham Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Hingham Society History Group
Hingham, one hundred years captured in photographs.
[Hingham Society History Group, c1992]
Hingham Society History Group
Hingham, one hundred years captured in photographs.
[Hingham Society History Group, vol 2, 1998]
Norris, Roger
Hingham, a short guide.
St Andrew's Church, Hingham
Parish and people, an exhibition illustrating aspects of parish life in former days, June 1980.
[Hingham, Friends of St Andrew's Church, Typescript, 1980]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Hingham which are provided by:


Emigration & Immigration

The ancestor of Abraham Lincoln is thought to have been born in Hingham, Norfolk and, in the 1630s, people sailed from here and settled in Hingham Massachusetts.

Hingham Society History Group
Hingham, the American connection, from the earliest settlers to the present day.
[Hingham Society History Group, 1999]
Lonsdale, Mary E.
The heyday of their strength, the story of the emigrants from Hingham, Norfolk to the New World in the 17th century.
[Wymondham, George Reeve, 1979]
Hingham (Massachusetts) Town Government Pages
Town services, facilities, etc.
Hingham (Massachusetts) Historical Society
History, etc.
History of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1893
This book, published in 1893, is being put online. It contains information on many aspects of Hingham, including history, genealogies, religion, etc.



Historical Geography

Hingham is in Forehoe Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Forehoe Hundred
Description of Forehoe Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Hingham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



History of Hingham
(From "The Norfolk Village Book", Countryside Books and the Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes, 1990)
Hingham Society History Group
Hingham during the Second World War.
[Hingham Society History Group, c1996]
Lonsdale, Mary E.
Hingham and St Andrew's Church.
Lonsdale, Mary E.
Hingham in history.
Wallis, A.
Lincoln's Hingham, a concise guide to the history of the town and its many connections with the U.S.A.
[Hingham, Lincoln's Tea and Coffee Shoppe, 1990s]
Watt, George Gordon and Johnson, John Barham
History of Hingham, Norfolk, and its Church of St Andrew.
[East Dereham, Mason, 1921]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Hingham Enclosure Act 1781.
An act for dividing, and inclosing commons and waste lands within the parish of Hingham, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



Hingham Heritage Map
With sketches. This is a link to an archived copy.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG023022 (Lat/Lon: 52.580105, 0.984134), Hingham which are provided by:


Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law


Voting Registers