Village History

The River Wissey flows through the north of the village.  Travelling downstream would take you to the Great Ouse and upstream would take you past a sugar-beet factory in Wissington and around 25 miles further to its source in a village called Shipdham.  The village provides easy access to many moorings for narrow boats and cruisers on the Wissey.

 

 

 

 

 

All Saints, Hilgay is a grade II listed church situated towards the centre of the village.  Inside the church there is a memorial for Hilgay's most famous son, Captain Thomas Manby.  Manby was the inventor of life-saving devices including the Manby mortar and fought in the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars as a British naval officer.

 

 

 

 

Stocks Hill used to be home to multiple village shops, a butchers shop and a post office. Situated in the heart of the village it provided everything the residents needed.  Now only the butchers shop remains, however it now sells a range of groceries too.

 

 

 

 

 

See below for further images of the village including the village school and children's play area.

Play Area

Chris Shaw, who used to live in this area, has been putting together the history of the parishes around Downham Market. Should you want to see more of this history please follow the link below:

http://www.downhammarketparishes.uk