Hoo, or St. Werburgh
HOO, or St. Werburgh, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Hoo, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent, 4½ miles (N. E.) from Rochester; containing 930 inhabitants. The parish is bounded on the south by the river Medway, which is here very broad, and deep enough to float first-rate ships of war. It comprises 4822 acres: the soil is various, in some parts rich, in others less fertile; a considerable portion is marsh, and the remainder arable and pasture land, with 188 acres of wood. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £18. 6.; net income, £395; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. The church is a handsome stone structure, with a lofty spire, which is conspicuous for many miles round. The poor-law union comprises seven parishes or places, and contains a population of 2794. Abbey Court, now a farmhouse, was a monastery subordinate to Leeds Abbey, Kent.