Hilgay

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Hilgay
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All Saints Church, Hilgay
Hilgay is located in Norfolk
Hilgay
Hilgay
 Hilgay shown within Norfolk
Area  33.38 km2 (12.89 sq mi)
Population 1,174 
   – density  35 /km2 (91 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TL621983
Civil parish Hilgay
District King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DOWNHAM MARKET
Postcode district PE38
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk

Coordinates: 52°33′30″N 0°23′23″E / 52.55839°N 0.38978°E / 52.55839; 0.38978

Hilgay is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk, 4 miles (6.4 km) outside of Downham Market. It covers an area of 33.38 km2 (12.89 sq mi) and had a population of 1,174 in 500 households as of the 2001 census.[1] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

Other places nearby are Fordham, Ryston, Southery and Denver.

Hilgay village sits on a raised isle, some 66 feet (20 m) above the surrounding fenland. Its elevation has become more pronounced as the draining of the fenland has caused the ground to shrink. It was notable in Saxon and early Norman times for the large numbers of fish and eels found there. Hilgay Old Bridge still crosses the river, but the newer A10 road bypass crosses just below it.

History

A journalist describes Hilgay like this:

"Hilgay, a village and a parish in Downham district, Norfolk. The village stands on the river Wissey, 2 miles (3.2 km) from the Ouse, 3 NE of Hilgay fen . station, and Market-Downham and has a post office under Downham Market. The parish comprises 7,860 acres (31.8 km2) of which 5,908 are in the Fens. Real property, £13,492. Pop., 1,624. Houses, 365. The property is much subdivided. The hall about ½ a mile from the village, belonged to the abbots of Ramsey, went at the dissolussion to James Howe, belonged now to the Jones family and was rebuilt in the Tudor style in 1840."[citation needed]

The scholar and poet Phineas Fletcher (1580 -1650) became chaplain to Sir Henry Willoughby, who presented him in 1621 to the rectory of Hilgay, Norfolk, where he married and spent the rest of his life.

George William Manby, who lived for much of his life in Hilgay, is buried in the churchyard, and his memorial celebrates his invention of a rocket to send a line to ships in distress. Prototypes were tested from the roof of the church tower, and he was awarded £2,000 by Parliament, as use of the device had saved 230 lives by 1823.[2]

There was once a Hilgay railway station on the Fen Line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ Blair (2006)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Andrew Hunter Blair (2006). The River Great Ouse and tributaries. Imray Laurie Norie and Wilson. ISBN 978-0-85288-943-5. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Hilgay at Wikimedia Commons