HOOE is a parish, 6 miles south-west from Battle, 10 west from Hastings, and 11 east-north-east from Eastbourne, in the Eastern division of the county, Ninfield hundred, rape and county court district of Hastings, 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 ancient 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, in 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 Bee 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 was 496. [Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867.]
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