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Post Office Directory - 1866

Hooe is a parish 6 miles. southwest from Battle, 10 west from Hastings, and 11 east-north-east of Eastbourne, in the Eastern division of the county, Ninfield hundred, rape and county court district of Hastings, and union of Hailsham, rural deanery of Dallington, archdeaconry of Lewes, and diocese of Chichester. The church, said to have been dedicated to St Oswald, is an antique stone edifice, with a low and massive embattled tower, with 5 bells, a nave and chancel, and a small chapel on the north side, used as a vestry. The living is a vicarage, annual value £317, with residence, is the gift of Alfred Jones, Esq., and held by the Rev. Naasson Maning, B. A. of Trinity College, Dublin. "The manor of Hooe being given to the abbey of Bec in Normandy, by Henry, Earl of Ewe, between A. D. 1096 and 1139. Here was (according to the general usage in such cases) shortly after erected an alien priory of Benedictine monks to that foreign house, though sometimes reckoned as parcel of its principal cell in England, Okeburn." Here is a parochial school for boys and girls, supported by voluntary subscriptions. A fair for cattle and pedlery is held here on May 1st.

Sir Peregrine P. F. Acland, Bart., is lord of the manor; and Lord Ashburnham and Thomas Brassey, Esq., are the largest landowners. The parish comprises 2,448 acres, and the population, in 1861, of 496.

Parish Clerk, Peter Carey

POST OFFICE – Joseph Cuthbert, receiver. Letters arrive from Battle at 8.30 a.m; despatched at 6.30 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Bexhill.

INSURANCE AGENT – Liverpool & London & Globe, E. Dodson

Parochial School, Edward North, master.

Brassey, Thomas, esq., Court Lodge
Maning Rev. Naasson, B. A. Vicarage
Pettett, Mr. James
Pettett, Mr. William
Blackman John,landowner, farmer & hop-grower, Grove farm.
Carey Peter, bricklayer
Chrismas William, farmer, School farm
Cuthbert Joseph, Red Lion & blacksmith & farmer
Dodson Francis, grocer & linen draper
Lemmon Joshua, farmer, Saddlers farm
Lemmon Levi, farmer, Broad Street Green farm
Morris Thomas, boot & shoemaker & shopkeeper. John, Lamb, Sewers bridge
Pilbeam John, Lamb, Sewers bridge
Pilbeam Robert, carpenter & wheelwright
Rich William, farmer & hop grower, Longdown farm

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