Hoo St Werburgh, Kent Genealogy

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Hoo St Werburgh

Parish History

Hoo St Werburgh is a village and civil parish on the Hoo peninsula in the Medway district of Kent.Hoo Peninsula Wikipedia Hoo St Werburgh Wikipedia

Hoo St Werburgh is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Rochester.

The church is 12th century and occupies the site of an earlier 8th century church chronicled as part of a Mercian monastery in the time of  King Aethelbald of Mercia. The church of St Werburgh Church Street Hoo St Werburgh has been designated a grade I listed building by English Heritage. British listed building

The graveyard contains the grave of Thomas Aveling the first British manufacturer of Aveling and Porter steam rollers.

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 2-16 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

See Hoo St Werburgh North West Kent Family History Society which includes other places of worship and Hoo St Werburgh


Civil Registration

This parish was part of Hoo sub district and registrations from July 1837 to the present day are held at

Medway district
The Register Office
Telephone 01634 338902
Fax 01634 338913

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

International Genealogical Index Christenings 1587-1599; 1642-1874 Batches (C131461, C131462) Marriages 1588-1599; 1640-1837 Batches (M131461, M131462)

Hoo, St. Werburgh Christenings Marriages Burials 1587-1987 reference (P190) digital images may be searched online at Medway Archives City Ark project http://cityark.medway.gov.uk

Hoo St Werburgh

See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records.

Land Tax

Images for Hoo available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records) 1780-1832

The images may be found under the Waypoint Kent>Hoo near Strood later images identify the parish of Hoo in the division of North Aylesford. A further series of images under the way point Kent>Hoo near Rochester are for the parish of St Mary Hoo, Kent

Both of these image sets are derived from a single 1987 microfilm of Kent Archives bundle reference Q/RPL/181.

Census records

Census return for Hoo St Werburgh 1841-1891

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Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved.
Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.
Find my Past 1911 census search

Poor Law Unions

Hoo Poor Law Union, Kent

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Kent Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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Web sites

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