Hooe (St. James)

HOOE (St. James), a parish, in the union of Hailsham, hundred of Ninfield, rape of Hastings, E. division of Sussex, 8 miles (S. W.) from Battle; containing 519 inhabitants. The parish is situated on the road from Eastbourne to Battle, and comprises 2447a. 3r. 35p., of which 900 acres are arable, 300 pasture and meadow, 30 in hop plantations, and the remainder common and marsh land. A fair for the sale of stock is held on the 1st of May. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £7. 2. 6.; patron, Sir G. Webster, Bart.; impropriator, A. E. Fuller, Esq. The great tithes have been commuted for £215, and the vicarial for £317. 10.; the impropriate glebe contains 26 acres, and the vicarial 1½ acre. The church is partly in the early English style, with a low embattled tower. An alien priory of Benedictine monks, belonging to the abbey of Bec, in Normandy, was erected here about the commencement of the twelfth century, and was given by Henry VI. to Eton College, and subsequently by Edward IV. to Ashford College, in Kent; the foundations only of the building are remaining.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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