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Hemingford, Nebraska

Posted by graywacke on July 22, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much an every-third-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2037; A Landing A Day blog post number 455.

 Dan –  Drifting away from 150 with this OSer landing in . . . NE; 57/51; 4/10; 3; 151.  Here’s my regional landing map:

  landing 1

My closer-in landing map shows that (for the second landing in a row!) I landed right in a town (as opposed to the usual countryside landing):

landing 2


For some reason, the quality of the Google Earth (GE) photos isn’t up to par (I guess NW NE doesn’t rate; I wonder if NE NE is any better), but here’s my GE shot.   It’s hard to see, but I might have landed right on top of a garage:

ge 1

GE StreetView coverage is available for the main east-west drag only – Niobrara Street.  Here’s a shot looking north on Laramie (the way you’d go if you were driving to my landing spot):

 sv a block from landing niobrara & laramie

GE put the word “landing,” to show the way to my landing.

I landed in the watershed of the Box Butte Creek, on to the Niobrara River (10th hit); to the Missouri (372nd hit); to the MM (the momentous 800th hit!)

 Since I landed right in town, I have no choice but to feature Hemingford.  From the town’s website:

Hemingford was first settled by Canadian immigrants in the summer of 1885. The cluster of frame and sod buildings was named in honor of Hemmingford, Canada, the settlers’ former home.

For some reason, it seems as though the Americans dropped one of the m’s.  Had to be a little different, eh?  Anyway, Hemmingford Quebec is south of Montreal, right on the New York border:

 landing 3

I looked for some interesting Panoramio shots in Hemmingford QC, and I found a couple.  First this by Pegase1972 of the old firehouse:

 pegase1972 old fire house quebec

And then this, by Gueco8288 of a wonderful statue in a park:

 gueco8288 birds zen parc pano

For some Hemmingford history (remember, we’re in Quebec now), I found this from the town’s “unofficial” website:

Hemmingford Township QC was named for a pair of small villages, Hemingford Grey and Hemingford Abbotts in Huntingdonshire located in Cambridgeshire, England.

Interesting.  It looks like maybe the town fathers of Hemingford NE wanted to go back to the real roots of the name.  So why did the Canadians add an extra “m?”  I guess they had to be different . . .

Anyway, here’s a GE shot showing the two English villages:

 ge 4

Here’s a Google Maps view showing the villages from a broader perspective:

 landing 5

And here’s some history; first, this from the Hemingford Abbots village website:

There have been settlements in Hemingford Abbots from earliest times; archaeological finds of flints and stone tools indicate stone-age peoples, and a Roman sarcophagus was uncovered close to the A14 – today’s road follows the route of a Roman military road.

The name ‘Hemingford’ dates from the 8th century; it means ‘the ford of Hema’s people’ and describes a settlement around a river crossing. ‘Abbots’ refers to Ramsey Abbey’s ownership of the manor from 974 A.D until 1539.

By 1250 the village had 96 holdings but numbers declined a century later when the village suffered the ravages of the Black Death.

 And this, from the Hemingford Grey village website:

In Roman and Saxon times the two Hemingfords were part of one estate. The name means “the ford of the people of Hemma or Hemmi”, presumably a Saxon chief.  In the ninth century the estate was split into two.

In 1276 the village acquired its modern name from the de Grey family, the new owners of the manor.

 By the way, the “ford” of Hemingford must be a crossing of the Ouse River (which you can see on the above GE shot).

To give you a feel for the area, here are a series of Panoramio shots from the two villages.  Starting with Abbotts, first this by Traveling Crow (which certainly lets you know we’re not in America).  You gotta love the cat up on the roof:

pano traveling crow in abbots

Traveling Crow has another (a close-up of the chimney of the house on the right).  Is this cool, or what?

abbots traveling crow abbots

Here’s a shot by Azurian looking across the River Ouse:

abbots azurian pano

And this, looking down (up?) the Ouse from Abbotts towards Grey, by Ade Smith:

ade smith pano looking towards grey from abbotts

Moving over to Grey, here’s a shot along the river (from the village website):

from grey page

Here’s a Panoramio shot by JohnTic1 of a street scene in Grey:

church street grey johntic1pano

Back to Traveling Crow, here’s another quintessential British house:

grey pano traveling crow

So fundamentally, Hemingford NE is named for a Saxon Chief.  Interesting, eh?  This, about Saxons, from Wiki:

The Saxons were a confederation of Germanic tribes on the North German Plain, some of whom conquered large parts of Great Britain (after first entering Roman Britain in the 4th century).  They were part of the merged group of Anglo-Saxons that would eventually carve out the first United Kingdom of England.

As a NJ guy, I was interested when I stumbled on very familiar placenames while reading the following in Wiki:

Four separate Saxon realms emerged:

  1. East Saxons: created the Kingdom of Essex.
  2. Middle Saxons: created the province of Middlesex
  3. South Saxons: created the Kingdom of Sussex
  4. West Saxons: created the Kingdom of Wessex

NJ has an Essex County (as does NY and VA), a Sussex County (as does DE and VA) and a Middlesex County (as does VA, MA and CT).  No Wessex anything that I know of.  Wessex must have been the smallest, or least populous, or least successful of the Saxon realms.  At any rate, it was likely the least sexy.

Poor old Hemingford NE got a little short shrifted in this post.  The only Panoramio shots in town are of churches; I’ll close with this, by Pylodet, of the Congregational Church:

pylodet pano

That’ll do it.



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