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Hingham, Norfolk, England - St Andrews Church

Hingham is a market town and civil parish in mid-Norfolk, England.

The town, originally spelled "Hengham", is an ancient settlement, as its Saxon name denotes. It was the property of King Athelstan, in 925, and of William the Conqueror in 1066 and 1086 as a well populated parish in the hundred of Forehoe, and retained many privileges coming from its royal ownership, including "the grandeur of ... St Andrew's," a parish church rebuilt in the 1300s. Thomas de Morley, 5th Baron Morley is buried in its chancel. In the years that followed, the town was a clear royal domain, for William the Conqueror and many others...

In 1633, migration from England to the Americas began with a number of participants on a ship named the Bonaventure. Robert Peck, the Rector of St Andrew's Church, and his associate Peter Hobart, emigrated to the new colony of Massachusetts with half of his congregation, most likely all of the 133 people on HMS Diligent, which departed in June 1638 from Ipswich, England...

The passengers on the Diligent, working-class people such as shoemakers and millers, a number of ministers, and gentry, were mostly Puritans. Once there, the passengers founded "New" Hingham, to remind them of "Old" Hingham in England...


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1605 - Robert Peck (age 25) appointed to be rector of Hingham (UK). For 33 years his puritan leanings were a great influence on his parishioners but led to friction with the established church.
1610 - The town of Hingham was granted a royal charter by Queen Anne

1636 - Some of Rev. Peck’s flock break into Hingham (UK) church and destroy altar rails, throw them into the parson’s pit and lower the “high” altar. Peck was held to be responsible by the church authorities and was eventually excommunicated.
1638 - Robert Peck, the Rector of St Andrew's Church (Hingham), and his associate Peter Hobart, emigrated to the new colony of Massachusetts with half of his congregation, most likely all of the 133 people on HMS Diligent, which departed in June 1638
Peck had been censured by religious authorities for his Puritan practices, and his daughter had married the son of another well-known Puritan minister named John Rogers.

Once there, the passengers founded "New" Hingham, to remind them of "Old" Hingham in England.
1645 - After Hingham (UK) residents successfully petitioned the, now puritan, parliament; Rev. Peck and some of his family, returned to Hingham (UK) and resumed as rector until his death in 1656.
1895 - Hingham
Hing'ham, a town of England, co, of Norfolk,5 1/ 2 miles W.N.W. of Wymondham. It has a large church, built in 1316, and a grammar-school. Pop. of parish, 1605.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1919 - Gift from Hingham, Massachusetts, USA
The bust of Abraham Lincoln was presented to Hingham (UK) and is displayed in St Andrews church.
2023 - Whether you're a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a relaxing getaway, there are numerous places to visit and things to do in Hingham. Let's explore some of the top attractions and activities in this delightful town.
1. Hingham Market

Start your exploration of Hingham by visiting its bustling market. The market takes place every Saturday and is a hub of activity where you can find local produce, crafts, and artisanal goods. It's a great place to mingle with locals and get a taste of Norfolk's vibrant community spirit.

2. St. Andrew's Church

St. Andrew's Church is a stunning medieval church that dominates the Hingham skyline. Its striking architecture and historic significance make it a must-visit attraction. The church dates back to the 14th century and is known for its impressive stained glass windows and intricate carvings. Take a leisurely stroll around the churchyard to admire the well-preserved gravestones and soak in the peaceful atmosphere.

3. Hingham Heritage Centre

For a deeper dive into the town's history, head to the Hingham Heritage Centre. This museum is housed in a 19th-century building and offers a wealth of information about Hingham's past. You'll discover... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Hingham, Norfolk, England

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male ancestorWilliam HERSEY (1596, Hingham, Norfolk, England - 22 March 1658, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorAnn HUBBARD (3 September 1605, Hingham, Norfolk, England - 23 June 1674, Scituate, Massachusetts, USA )
male ancestorJohn TOWER (17 May 1609, Hingham, Norfolk, England - 15 February 1701, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJoseph PECK (22 April 1610, Hingham, Norfolk, England - 26 February 1701, Milford, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorHenry RUST (1613, Hingham, Norfolk, England - 1684, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJoshua HOBART (1614, Hingham, Norfolk, England - 28 July 1682, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorRichard JACOB (1615, Hingham, Norfolk, England - 5 October 1672, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorHannah HOBART (1615, Hingham, Norfolk, England - 1674, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMary GILMAN (6 August 1615, Hingham, Norfolk, England - 15 June 1681, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Hingham, Norfolk, England

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male ancestorStephen GATES (1600 - October 1662) and female ancestorAnne VEARE (NEAVE) (12 June 1603 - 5 February 1682) married 5 May 1628
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