Hoo St Werburgh
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Hoo seen from across the Medway
Hoo St Werburgh shown within Kent
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Hoo St Werburgh is one of several villages on the Hoo Peninsula to bear the name Hoo. It constitutes a civil parish in the unitary authority of Medway in South East England. It was, until 1998, part of Kent and is still ceremonially associated via the Lieutenancies Act. It had a population of 7,356 at the 2001 census.
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 monastery existed nearby at an earlier time. 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.
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.
Broad Street appeared as Brodestrete in 1478. Jacobs Lane is named after the family of Stephen Jacobe of Hoo (1480).
The music and pop culture author Dave Thompson lived here as a child.
Hometown of singer Declan Galbraith, born on 19 of December 1991 to Alec and Siobhan Galbraith.
Hoo is served by two schools. These are Hoo St Werburgh Primary School and The Hundred of Hoo Academy.
Hoo St Werburgh Primary School is for pupils aged 4 – 11 years of age. There are a total of 386 pupils arranged into 14 classes with two classes per year group in the main school. Attached to the school is the Marlborough Centre which caters for children diagnosed as autistic. The centre has 54 children arranged into six classes.
The Hundred of Hoo Comprehensive School is for pupils aged 11 – 18 years of age. There are a total of 1,600 pupils. The school caters for secondary aged pupils from various villages on the Hoo peninsula.
- "Medway Council – Local history: Medway in the 20th century 1901 – 2000". web.archive.org. 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
- "Lieutenancies Act 1997". legislation.gov.uk. 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
- Anglo-Saxon Charter S 233 Archive Peterborough. British Academy ASChart project. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
- Brooks, N. P., The Early History of the Church of Canterbury, Leicester University Press, 1984, 193-7, 205.
- The Place Names Of Kent, Judith Glover, 1976, Batsford ISBN 0-905270-61-4. "Broad Street".
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- The History And Topographical Survey Of Kent Volume 4: Survey Of Hoo St. Werburgh (1798)
- Hoo Saint Werburgh Parish Council