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History of St Mary Hoo

St Mary Hoo comes from the Old English ‘hōh’ meaning a ‘hell, sharply projecting piece of ground’ combined with a saint’s name; therefore, a ‘spur of land’, with the affix ‘St Mary’ from the dedication of the church.

St Mary Hoo former parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the virgin. It dates to the 14th and 15th centuries. In 1881, the Victorian architect E W Stephens rebuilt the tower, chancel and carried out a general restoration. In the 1960’s the church became redundant and converted into a private house.

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