Hingham is a market town and civil parish in the Forehoe district in the heart of rural Norfolk. Grand Georgian architecture surrounds the market place and village green. It was in the 18th century when the socialites of high society built and took residence in Hingham that it became fashionably known as “little London”.
Hingham is 17 miles from Norwich, Norfolk’s county town. The many and varied local shops have the special character of a small market town but are up-to-date in what they provide. Despite the influence and attractions of neighbouring Norwich, an active and independent town life continues to thrive and grow in Hingham.
The civil parish has an area of 14.98 km² and in the 2001 census had a population of 2078 in 944 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of South Norfolk.