- Hoo St Werburgh
infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Hoo St Werburgh
civil_parish = Hoo St Werburgh
static_image_caption = Hoo seen from across the Medway
population = 7356
region= South East England
Hoo St Werburgh is one of several
villages on the Hoo Peninsulain Kent, Englandto bear the name "Hoo". It constitutes a civil parishin the boroughof Medway, which according to the 2001 censushad a population of 7,356. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, and ranges from farmland, to ancient woodlands, meadows and marshes.
The first church of Hoo St Werburgh may have been built in the reign of the 8th century King Æthelbald of Mercia, though presumably a
monasteryexisted nearby at an earlier time. [ [http://www.aschart.kcl.ac.uk/content/charters/text/s0233.html Anglo-Saxon Charter S 233 Archive Peterborough] . British AcademyASChart project. Retrieved on May 11 2008.] This, together with land at Hoo All Hallows, is likely to have been placed under the rule of the leading Mercian monastery of Medeshamstede, now known as Peterborough. [Brooks, N. P., "The Early History of the Church of Canterbury", Leicester University Press, 1984, 193-7, 205.]
A feature which is found in the church, and is considered to be unique, are the two royal coats of arms belonging to King James I and Queen Elizabeth I. Recently these have been restored, and they can be seen in the church.
The parish records of 1851 give the population as 1,065.
Thomas Aveling , of
Aveling and Porter, the first British manufacturer of steamrollers, is buried in the cemetery.
workhousewas in use here until the 1930s, and the secondary school bears the name " Hundred of Hoo School".
"Broad Street" appeared as "Brodestrete" in
1478."The Place Names Of Kent", Judith Glover, 1976, Batsford ISBN 0905270 614. "Broad Street".] "Jacobs Lane" is named after the family of Stephen Jacobe of Hoo ( 1480).
Æthelred of Mercia
Wulfhere of Mercia
The History And Topographical Survey Of Kent Volume 4: Survey Of Hoo St. Werburgh (1798)
Hoo Saint Werburgh Parish Council http://www.hoosaintwerburgh-pc.gov.uk/
Hoo Marina http://www.hoomarina.com/
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