The Church Registers
The Church Registers date from 1609. They record principally baptisms, marriages, deaths, and charitable collections. These last are rather striking as many were made in the 17th century on behalf of needy persons in distant parts of the country. Between November 26th 1680 and February 15th 1681, there are distinctly stated to have been seven burials in wool. The phrase afterwards used is 'according to the Act'. On April 6th 1681, a burial in linen took place, which was 'allowed' by authority. The entries are generally neat and well written and give a number of surnames still found in the village. Two Prayer Books date from 1839 and 1848 respectively, and a Bible from 1807.
On the south-east buttress of the tower is a stone sun-dial.
Derivation of Sundry Terms
The Saxon leaders Aella and Cissa made Pevensey their point of attack and from that town subdued the natives and founded the county in 491; in 670 AD, Wilfrid of York was shipwrecked on the coast near Selsea, and at once began to preach to the heathen Saxons; his efforts were so successful he was consecrated the first Bishop of Selsea. Sigga, Bishop of Chichester, was present at the Synod held by Cuthbert, Archbishop of Canterbury in 746 (MB V 540). The plan of Hooe Church is mainly Saxon, like Greenstead Church, built in 1013, and like Poynings Church.
A LIST OF THE VICARS OF HOOE
|Peter de Collemede|
|John de Woodford||Thomas de Alston||William de Aston|
|John de Flete||John Henry||John Ivot|
|John de Thornton||John de Erdington||Henry Brackle|
|John de Wade||Thomas Alston||Thomas de Stanley|
|John de Haselarton||Robert Richond||William de Aston|
|Armond Flitting||John Landreyn||Salomon Haywode|
|John de Flete||John de Roxceby||Thomas Staundon|
|John de Tamworth||Robert Faryngton||Thomas Boteler|
|John Ellerker||John Scarle||Walter Gibbes|
|Robert de Walton||Richard Stockton||Ralph Repyngdon|
|Nicholas Talmach||Nicholas Slack||Nicholas Mocking|
|William de Osberston||John Vyne||Thomas Standon|
|William Stanford||(AC XXI 60-62)|
All the Incumbents in the fourteenth century were presented to the living by the Crown
|Hugh Holbache||Thomas Bailly||John Champayn|
|Richard Blyth||William Mokking||John Wood|
|John Everdon||Richard Wells||James Whitstone|
|Robert Phipps||Richard Hollyer|
|John Eglionby||William White||John Bushnell 1656-1660|
|Marmaduke Burton||John Gilmor||William Watson 1660-1668|
|John Gilvin||Robert James||Henry Fisher (?-1680)|
|John Moore||John Brown 1680-1687|
|Thomas Bowers 1687-1708||Became Bishop of Chichester (1722-24)|
|Thomas Lord 1708-1728||Joseph Wise 1762|
|Richard Thornton 1728||Rev. Thomas Bracken 1773|
|Rev. Wenham 1746|
|Thomas Fuller 1796-1832||Richard King Sampson, Minister in 1839|
|George Haygarth 1833||John Oswald Routh 1840-1853|
|Charles C. Snowden 1836||Thomas R. Jones 1853-1857|
|Naason Manning 1857-1889|
Thomas R. Jones signed vestry records only in 1855. No Vicar signed for 1855-1859
|Cuthbert Routh 1889-1921||William Hilton-Wright M. A. 1946|
|Oswald Whaley Curate in charge 1921||Henry C. N. Lawson 1952|
|Charles A.. Weekes M.A.B.D. 1921||Frederick C.J. Turner 1965|
|Archibald W. E. Dawse 1935||Malcolm Pickering 1975|
|Edward J. Oakden Edwards M.A. 1939||Leonard Hardaker AKC 1981|
The New Song of Hooe Church Bells
(The Old Song was written on July 26th 1898 and published in the "Sussex Express").
From the old tower grey of St. Oswald's at Hooe,
The zephyrs are wafting the music of bells;
Renewed and restored to their fond peaceful home,
In gratitude merry their melody swells.
No longer unpleasing their lays issue now,
For cordage and iron no freedom withhold;
And folk sympathetic the sweetness recall,
That hallowed their ringing on sabbaths of old.
How gladsome the time, long desired, now enjoyed!
Their festal rejoicing unsullied shall be
As over the hills and the levels around
Their peals shall be speeding as heralds in glee.
From Pevensey east to Bexhill and the Sluice,
Through Wartling and Boreham Ninfield and Whydown
Again do they merrily call pious souls
To quicken their race for the heavenly crown.
Compassion aroused did not heedless depart,
The cry of complaining was not made in vain,
And oft as to praises their chiming shall call
Their thanks from the belfry shall echo again.
J.J.N. - May 26th 1899
A Message of the Bells
|People all around||God ye know is good;|
|Enter here with praise;||Mercies from Him sure;|
|Come with joyful hearts;||Ever firm His truth,|
|Songs of gladness raise.||Ever shall endure|
|God the Lord indeed||Now to join in praise|
|Us alone did make;||Come His courts unto;|
|Doth our needs supply;||Laud His name always|
|For his sheep doth take.||As 'tis right to do.|
|J.J.N. - May 27th 1899|
Plan of St. Pswald's Church, Hooe (page 27 in the book - Click on picture for a MUCH larger image!)