East Hoathly's name is derived from the old English hap-leah. Hap is heather and ly from the original leagh, meaning a clearing in the forest hence heather covered clearing. And indeed as you can see, heather still covers parts of the churchyard today!
The church has no dedication.
East Hoathly church is perpendicular in style, with a Pelham tower (donated by the Pelham family and with the family's emblem - the Pelham Buckle). The perpendicular style of architecture dates from between 1350 and 1550; the last stage of Gothic architecture.
The village is also known for being the home of Thomas Turner, the village shop-keeper, who wrote a journal for eleven years of his life (1754 - 1765). The diary paints an intimate and interesting picture of life in the village and of the authors thoughts and attitudes.
Halland is a small hamlet to the west of the village.
Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.
The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.
6 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.
7 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.
5 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.
2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.
8 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.
2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.
The Weald site has transcriptions of the 1841, 1851 & 1881 census returns
The OPC offers a look up service on the 1821, 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 census returns for East Hoathly
Diary of a Georgian Shopkeeper (East Hoathly, 1754 - 1765) - a list of names indexed by Mike Foster
The OPC database contains 64 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.
There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.
The OPC database contains 27 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.
There are 43 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.
New Roughwood Churches Album has 16 images of churches in this parish.
The OPC database contains no postal directory entries for this parish.
1867 Kelly's Directory for East Hoathly is available on the GENUKI site
1882 Kelly's Directory for East Hoathly
There are 4 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.
There are 2 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.
There are 5 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.
The OPC database contains 6 wills of people who lived in this parish.
The OPC database contains 2 wills which mention this parish.
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