Hoo St Werburgh

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Hoo St Werburgh
Hoo seen from across the Medway
Hoo St Werburgh is located in Kent
Hoo St Werburgh
Hoo St Werburgh
 Hoo St Werburgh shown within Kent
Population 8,945 (2011)
OS grid reference TQ779725
Civil parish Hoo St Werburgh
Unitary authority Medway
Ceremonial county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district ME3
Dialling code 01634
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Rochester and Strood
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Coordinates: 51°25′23″N 0°33′29″E / 51.423°N 0.558°E / 51.423; 0.558

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,[1] part of Kent and is still ceremonially associated via the Lieutenancies Act.[2] It had a population of 7,356 at the 2001 census, increasing to 8,945 at the 2011 Census.[3]


St. Werburgh was the daughter of King Wulfhere of Mercia, and niece of King Æthelred, his brother and successor. She was born between 640 and 650.

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.[4] 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.[5]

A significant, and possibly unique, feature of this ancient parish church are the two Royal hatchments of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I. Recently these have been restored and can be viewed in the church.

The Reverend Ferdinando Booth of the same family as Archbishop Lawrence Booth was Vicar here from 1675-1680.

The parish records of 1851 gave the population as 1,065.

Thomas Aveling, of Aveling and Porter, the first British manufacturer of steamrollers, is buried in the graveyard.

A workhouse was in use here until the 1930s, and the secondary school bears the name "The Hundred of Hoo Academy".

Broad Street appeared as Brodestrete in 1478.[6] Jacobs Lane is named after the family of Stephen Jacobe of Hoo (1480).

The music and pop culture author Dave Thompson lived at Hoo St Werburgh 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.[7]

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.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Medway Council – Local history: Medway in the 20th century 1901 – 2000". web.archive.org. 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lieutenancies Act 1997". legislation.gov.uk. 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Anglo-Saxon Charter S 233 Archive Peterborough. British Academy ASChart project. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
  5. ^ Brooks, N. P., The Early History of the Church of Canterbury, Leicester University Press, 1984, 193-7, 205.
  6. ^ The Place Names Of Kent, Judith Glover, 1976, Batsford ISBN 0-905270-61-4. "Broad Street".
  7. ^ http://www.hoo-st-werburgh.medway.sch.uk/
  8. ^ https://www.hooschool.co.uk/index.phtml?d=25217

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