William Hinchliffe, bookseller, was the son of a Southwark tradesman. He was likely educated in a dissenting academy — possibly Pinner — where he was a friend of the poet Henry Needler. He knew William Duncombe, who worked with Needler at the Navy Office, and possibly John Hughes and Samuel Say, dissenting poets of the previous generation. William Hinchliffe appears to have given up poetry upon his marriage to the daughter of a prosperous citizen in 1718.
Stanza's to the lord treasurer, upon the peace. 1713.
An ode presented to the king, upon his majesty's arrival at Greenwich. 1714.
An epithalamion, address'd to Mrs Cox, on her marriage with Mr. Gardiner. 1715.
Poems, amorous, moral, and divine. 1718.