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Cliffe at Hoo Parish

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Cliffe at Hoo

Cliffe is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Rochester, in the archdeaconry of Rochester and St. Albans.  The church is named for St. Helen with registers commencing 1558.

Cliffe, or Cliffe-at-Hoo, a village and a parish in North Aylesford district, Kent.  The village stands on the edge of the chalk ridges, overhanging the marshes of the Thames, 2-3/4 miles northeast of Higham rail station, and 5-1/2 miles north of Rochester;  and has a post office under Rochester.  It was anciently an important place;  and it is supposed to be the Clofeshoch or Cloveshoo at which numerous ecclesiastical councils were held in the 7th, 8th and 9th centuries.  The parish comprises 5,660 acres of land and 2,160 of water.  Real property in 1860, £10,952.  Population in 1861, 980.  Houses, 199.  The property is divided among a few.

The manor belonged, from a very early period till the dissolution, to Christ Church, Canterbury;  and belongs now to Earl Darnley.  Much of the land is marshy.  Chalk is quarried;  whiting and cement are made;  and there is a canal communication with the Thames.  A small battery, on Hope Point, was built in 1796;  and one for 16 guns, further up, was built in 1865.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester.  Value, £1,297 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church is cruciform, and chiefly early English;  has an embattled tower;  contains stalls, some early frescoes, and an ancient silver-gilt paten;  and has been gradually restored.

A school has £21 from endowment;  and other charities £55. 1

1  John Marius Wilson, comp.  The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales. (London, England: A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).

Cliffe at Hoo Bibliography

-- various. 'Archaeologia Cantiana'. Publisher: Kent, England: Kent Archaeological Society, various dates.  [Note:  The following volumes can be found on  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (1876), 11, 12, 13 (1880), 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 32, 34, 35, vol. 1907 supplement.]

  • General references to Cliffe at Hoo: vol. , pp.
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Location of Records

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Date The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,
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6 June 1841 Currently under revision  
30 Mar 1851 Currently under revision  
30 Mar 1851 census name index & images Currently under revision  
7 Apr 1861 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1871 Currently under revision  
3 Apr 1881 Currently under revision  
5 Apr 1891 Currently under revision  
31 Mar 1901 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1911 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1911 RG 78/139 - Census Enumerator's Summary Books online only and other subscription sites none

Church Records, Church of England

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Parish Register   Currently under revision  
Bishop's transcripts   Currently under revision  
CMB transcripts   Currently under revision  
Parish Registers, transcribed by Thomas Colyer-Fergusson   Currently under revision  

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Particular Baptist Chapel, Nonconformist Return   Currently under revision  
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Parish chest records

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Parish Council Minutes   Currently under revision  
Removal orders out of Cliffe at Hoo   Currently under revision  
Settlement Examinations, Minute book   Currently under revision  
Overseers' Accounts   Currently under revision  
Return of Churchwardens, constables and defaulters     
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Letters books      
Vaccination registers, Bromley area 1899-1930 Currently under revision  

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Land tax assessments 1889-1890 Currently under revision  
Rates and Duties - Houses, Windows, Lights   Currently under revision  
Manorial Court rolls   Currently under revision  
War Damage Files 1939-1962 Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, Kent, no.: Finding Aid at CKS-DRb/RW 123 None

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Total Population

1801   -   525
1811   -   578
1821   -   673
1831   -   832
1841   -   842
1851   -   877
1861   -   980
1871   -   1,290
1881   -   2,245
1891   -   2,595
1901   -   2,537
1911   -   2,465
1921   -   2,581

Cliffe at Hoo Distance to

London 25.6 mi.
Canterbury 28.1 mi.
Ashford 27.0 mi.
Bromley 20.9 mi.
Chatham 7.1 mi.
Cranbrook 25.0 mi.
Dartford 13.2 mi.
Deptford 23.0 mi.
Dover 42.1 mi.
Faversham 19.7 mi.
Folkestone 38.8 mi.
Gravesend 5.1 mi.
Greenwich 21.1 mi.
Hythe 37.3 mi.
Maidstone 13.2 mi.
Margate 38.7 mi.
Milton Regis 12.9 mi.
Queenborough 11.5 mi.
Ramsgate 41.0 mi.
Rochester 5.0 mi.
Sandwich 38.9 mi.
Sheerness 11.2 mi.
Tenterden 28.3 mi.
Tunbridge 24.8 mi.
Woolwich 18.7 mi.


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