Place:High Halstow, Kent, England

NameHigh Halstow
Coordinates51.45°N 0.567°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoHoo Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1934
Strood Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1934-1974
Medway (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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High Halstow is a village and civil parish on the Hoo Peninsula in the unitary authority of Medway in South East England. It was, until 1998, part of Kent and is still ceremonially associated via the Lieutenancies Act. The parish had a population of 1,781 according to the 2001 census.

Originally known as Hagelstowe (in Textus Roffensis), Hagelsto or Agelstow, it was named from an Old English word denoting a high, holy place. The area has been occupied by Romans, Saxons and Normans.

The village lies on the junction of the ancient roads from Hoo and Cliffe to the Isle of Grain, now a crossroads to the north of the A228 road. One of the highest points on the Hoo peninsula, at 30 to 50 metres above sea level, the modern village consolidates into a single community the four hamlets of Clinch Street, Fenn Street, Sharnal Street and High Halstow Street.

High Halstow was a civil parish in Hoo Rural District from 1894 until 1934, in Strood Rural District from 1934 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the Medway unitary authority. There is also a Lower Halstow (redirected here).

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of High Halstow from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"HALSTOW (HIGH), a parish in Hoo district, Kent; 5 miles NE by E of Higham [railway] station, and 5½. N by E of Rochester. Post town, Hoo, under Rochester. Acres: 4,244; of which 1,055 are water. Real property: £1,772. Population: 363. Houses: 64. The property is divided among a few. Northwood hill commands an extensive view of the shore of the Thames. Part of the land is marsh, with reed beds; and The Mean is a tract of 262 acres, indefinitely divided between this parish and Hoo St. Mary. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value: £700: Patron, T. Briggs, Esq. The church has a brass of 1396, and is good. Charities, £25."

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article High Halstow.

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