Hooe, East Sussex
The Oast House, Kiln Lane, Hooe
Hooe shown within East Sussex
|Area||10.0 km2 (3.9 sq mi) |
|- Density||116 /sq mi (45 /km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||50 miles (80 km) NNW|
|Shire county||East Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Bexhill and Battle|
Hooe is both a small village and a civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex; the village being located about two miles (3 km) north-west of Bexhill, and north of the A259 coast road, on the B2095 road from Ninfield. The parish name takes account of local usage, and the location of the parish church; in fact the main population centre is to the north, and is called Hooe Common.
The name Hooe comes from the Saxon word meaning a ridge, since the village stood on a ridge of land between two arms of the sea. Those areas are now low-lying land, one being the Hooe Levels, across which flows the stream known as Waller's Haven. The River Ashbourne flows into the Haven, down which iron products, particularly cannon, used to be shipped from the Wealden iron works at Ashburnham.
The church, dedicated to St Oswald, is part of a combined ecclesiastical parish with that at Ninfield. Hooe church, both Saxon and Norman, was built in its location as meeting point of several of the surrounding hamlets, including Hooe Common. There were suggestions by a local historian that there was a village surrounding the church but this was burnt down during the plague and the village moved to Hooe Common but there is no archaeological evidence for this: although an abandoned village (Northeye) can be located on the Levels.
Hooe windmill was situated where the house the Retreat is now, next to the recreation ground.
Pevensey Levels, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, lies partially in the parish. The site is of biological interest consisting of low-lying grazing meadows, hosting a wide variety of wetland flora and fauna.
There are now no shops in Hooe, although over the years it has had a post office, a general stores, (once owned by the Mayes family) two garages, now only one, and at least one butchers shop, at 2 Victoria Villas. The village school has also closed: children now attend the school at Ninfield. There is a farm shop and fruit picking farm, and two pubs: the Red Lion in Hooe Common and the Lamb Inn on Pevensey Marsh in the south of the parish.
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