Considering the likely size of the parish community over the Centuries, the Church is quite large and although St. Werburgh's was at one time the 'Mother Church' of High Halstow (St. Margaret's), St. Mary's and All Saints (now Allhallows), it is unlikely their parishioners would have attended at Hoo. The parish census of 1861 gave the population as 1065. But there are other indicators: for example, not all parish churches have North and South porches as well as a West door! A common explanation is that the porch was to be found on the same side of the church as the direction from which the church-going community would come. If it is assumed that in the past centuries church-going was virtually compulsory, then it could be assumed that the population in the parish, would come from the North, South and West to the Church, because of the position and number of entrances provided. There is some evidence that another reason for the size of the Church might be that in Saxon times Hoo was an important centre before the stone Church was built, that some of the population lived on the river side of the Church and that there was also a route across the peninsula 'spine' to the ford across the River Thames (near Higham) and it continued on a well trodden military route to Mercia, centred on Chester. In medieval times it seems most likely that the populace would approach the Church from the North but it appears also that there was general prejudice in favour of being buried on the South side of the Church and therefore a South porch would be useful. In some Churches, where the North and South doors are opposite each other, the South door was known as the "Procassional Door". This arrangement, in medieval times, is said to have made more convenient the passage in and out of the Church of the traditional Sunday processions. There might also be another good reason for a South porch, as it appears that in some communities, weddings were performed only in the South porch. Perhaps Hoo had such a community?
Now for the Cache you are looking for the grave stone of Sgt C.E.Raggett. once you have found it you need his Service Number ABCDEFG.
Please remember to bring a pen.
You need to bring TOTT to extract the log
N 51 D (G-A) . (D+F+G) B E
E 000 B C . (BxC) (D-F) (CxB)
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