Hingham is a picturesque village on the B1108 between Watton and Wymondham

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Hingham village sign

Hingham is considered the Georgian gem of Norfolk because of the beautiful the beautiful buildings from the era that surround the old market place.

It is also famed as the birthplace of Abraham Lincolns ancestor, Samuel Lincoln, who emigrated to America in the early 17th century with other residents and founded the town of Hingham, Massachusetts.

Born in 1622, Samuel Lincoln spent his childhood and early youth in Hingham where he had been baptised in St Andrew's Church. When he was 15 he became an apprentice with Francis Lawes, a weaver and mariner of Norwich.

On April 8 1637 he set off with the Lawes family on board the John and Dorothy of Ipswich for the shores of America, an event marked on the village sign (pictured), eventually settling and starting a family in Hingham Massachusetts.

Samuel's bloodline was to follow a route of monumental historical significance. More than 200 years later Samuel's great-great-great-great-grandson was to become 16th president of the United States in 1860.

In the last century great efforts have been made by the Hingham communities on both sides of the Atlantic to build on their historical links.

American tourists, visiting the rural community to trace their roots can enjoy homemade cakes and cream teas at the aptly named Lincolns tea shop and bistro, before shopping for local produce at Hinghams very own Harrods food store, owned by Kate and Robin Chan.