Because of my HALL family roots in the village of Hemingford Abbotts, I'm interested in life in the village. I've searched for early newspaper articles on these places.
Newcastle Courant - Monday 21 October 1737
The following extract of a letter from Somersham near the Fens of Ely, shews that our fears were but too justly grounded with relation to the damages expected from the late heavy rains.
Somersham, Oct 3
'The continual and heavy rains which fell from Wednesday last to this morning, have made great devastation in these parts : all the meadows and roads about St. Ives, Huntingdon, Hemingford, &c. are laid under water, that there is hardly is hardly any passing from town to town without a boat.... damage has likewise been done to their oats, some of which are yet standing...'
Ipswich Journal - Monday 18 September 1741
Extract of a letter from St Ives, Huntingdon, Sept 9. Yesterday morning about three quarters after eleven, a very violent hurricane of wind arose from the Western Quarter, which did not continue half an hour.... The spires of Hemingford and Bluntisham Churches were likewise blown down, and it is computed that the Damage done to the Rector's house and Gardens of the latter place amounts to upwards of 500 l.
The Ipswich Journal - Friday 8 May 1761
Thursday died, after a long an painful illness, Mr. John Scott, Gent. of Hemingford in the County of Huntingdon.
Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Wednesday 7 December 1763
Country Intelligence. Cambridge.
This morning as violent a storm of wind arose here (which lashed some hours) as has been known in the memory of the oldest living man.... At Hemingford, near St Ives, the wind was so excessive high, that the inhabitants got out of their beds, expecting every moment their houses to fell down.
Northampton Mercury - Sunday 3 July 1774
A few days ago died, at the Rectory-House at Hemingford-Abbotts, Huntongdonshire, Mrs. Mary Dickens, (aged 88 years) Relict of the Rev. Samuel Dickens, 36 years rector of Hemingford Abbots, and four of Hungerton-cum-Wyton, in the said county.
Northampton Mercury - Sunday 1 August 1784
Next week will be published A THANKSGIVING SERMON, preached to his people by Charles Dickens, vicar of Hemingford Grey, Huntingdonshire...
Ipswich Journal - Friday 6 August 1790
The same day was married, Mr Charles Lucas, of Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdonshire, to Miss Ogilvie, niece of Sir George Robinson, of Cranford, Northamptonshire, Bart.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 October 1791
Wanted immediately, for Six months work, two journeyman millwrights. To sober, steady men, that are good hands, will be given eighteen shillings per week, per man. Apply to Thomas Bettles, Hemingford-Grey, Huntingdonshire.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 July 1792
In the night of the 14th instants, the Counting House of Mr. Margetts, of Hemingford Mills, near St. Ives, was broke into and robbed of a considerable sum in cash and bills.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 October 1793
DIED lately at the Rectory House, Hemingford-Abbots, Huntingdonshire, the Rev. Charles Dickens LL.D, aged 73.