Hail the hops of Hingham

PUBLISHED: 17:26 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:26 25 April 2016

A street scene at The Hops at Hingham

A street scene at The Hops at Hingham


A new Abel Homes site opens this month at Hingham

THE ATTRACTIVENESS of Norfolk’s market towns used to be a secret we liked to keep from outsiders – but now the rest of the world is waking up to the fact that our county has some of the best places to live in the UK.

It is the vibrancy of places like Hingham, that remain above all “real” places to live, which is why so many people want to make our market towns their home. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, these are real communities. Although Hingham is just 15 miles from Norwich, it has an identity all of its own.

This month Abel Homes launches its latest site, just five minutes’ walk from Hingham’s lovely market square. Called The Hops (reflecting the fact that the land was once owned by Charles Crawshay, a 19th century brewer and partner in Youngs, Crawshay and Youngs brewery), the site is off the Norwich Road, just to the east of the town centre.

The new homes will have an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), the highest achievable rating for energy efficiency, and will have photo-voltaic solar panels, triple glazing and heating by an air-source heat pump. They will also feature fibre broadband direct to the premises, as well as electric garage doors and floor coverings to every room as standard.

The new homes will offer a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom houses, as well as a number of newly designed chalet-style homes comprising of a ground-floor bedroom plus two further bedrooms upstairs.

The site will have an attractive public open space, and Abel Homes will – as it does for every site where it builds new homes – commission a piece of public artwork from a local artist to be sited there. More details are available at www.abelhomes.co.uk.

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