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      THE STORY OF SHOREHAM         A LONG-LIVED FAMILY  
                           
small bequests to kinsfolk and servants. Robert Tranckmore, of New Shoreham, shipwright, is named as one of the overseers of this will.     who died 15th June, 1863, aged 83 years. There is also a memorial tablet with Arms and Crest-Hooper (as above) quartering Ross of Morinchie, Scotland-Gules 3 lions rampant, accompanied with as many stars argent-to " Mrs. Margaret Brewse Hooper, wife of George Henry Hooper " who died in 1838. This lady was the daughter of Alexander Ross, esquire (Chief of the Ordnance Department at Gibraltar) by his first wife Margaret Clunas, and was grand-daughter of Alexander, son of John Ross of Tain, in the county of Ross, where the family had been settled for many generations.
The numerous memorial inscriptions in the church, excepting those of quite recent date have been recorded in Vol. 52 of the Sussex Archaeological Collections, and therefore need not here be quoted at length. The low platform at the east end of the choir hides from view an inscription to Walter West, of Woodmancote, who died in 1648 and whose wife was Elizabeth, eldest    
             
daughter of Thomas Shirley, of Preston Place (Brighton). In the north transept will be noticed memorials to the family of Hooper, of Stanmore, Middlesex and New Shoreham, some of whom rest beneath the east end of the choir and others in the churchyard. The Arms of the family are emblazoned on several of the memorials--Or, on a fesse between three boar's passant az, as many annulets of the first. Crest-a boar's head erased at the neck az, bezante ar, and crined or.              
       Two sons and four daughters were the issue of this marriageGeorge Henry Hooper who died in 1904, aged 89 years and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery; the Rev. Robert Poole Hooper, M.A., who died in 1918, aged 92 years, and was buried in Hove Cemetery; Esther who died in 1844, aged 7 years ; Margaret who died in 1883, aged 69 years; Helen who died in 1891, aged 78; and Mary Fawler, widow of the Rev. Joseph Maude who died in 1913, aged 93 years and 9 months.
  By her marriage with John Hooper, esquire-a descendant of the Hoopers of Sarum, Wilts, and Beveridge, Dorset, through a branch which settled at Kelso on the borders of Scotland-Mary, daughter of Captain John Fawler and Mary, his wife (nce Poole), carried the Poole inheritance to her husband. Both John and Mary Hooper are commemorated in the north transept, he died in 1820 and his wife pre-deceased him in 1802.   They had five sons to the memory of whom are tablets in this part of the church -John Benjamin Hooper, died in 1808, James Hooper of Bentinck Street, Manchester Square, died 1832.    
         The combined ages of the three daughters and two sons of George Henry Hooper, who lived to old age, give the somewhat remarkable total of 421 years, being an average of 84 years to each life ; while, from the birth of George Henry Hooper in 1780, to the death of his son, the Rev. Robert Poole Hooper in 1918, the long period of 138 years had elapsed.
                 
                     The clock in the church tower was given in 1896 by the lastnamed gentleman in memory of his wife Harriett Brereton, who died February 22nd, 1886, and of Randle Brereton their son, killed in action, in South Africa, January 4th, 1881. This clock replaced an older one presented by Mr. John Perry, who was elected M.P. for the Borough in 1689, 1695, 1698, and 1702.
  Robert Hooper, M.A., M.D., the celebrated Physician of Saville Row and Stanmore, Middlesex, who lectured on the Practice of Medicine to large classes in London and made a special study of Pathology. Dr. Hooper was a most industrious writer-the author of numerous works on Medical Science many of which have been translated into Continental languages and numerous editions issued from time to time in England, in America, and on the Continent. Dr. Hooper made a considerable fortune and retired to Stanmore. He died in London, 6th May, 1835, and rests beneath the choir of this church.  
       In the choir pavement will be noticed the grave of " Captain Cornelius Smith, of Dover, who served his King, country, and friend faithfully and honourably " and died in 1727. It would no doubt be of interest if we could learn something more of the connection of this gallant captain with the town of Shoreham There is a memorial to Abraham Aldersey, described as " of London, gent.," who died in 1711, and the Registers inform us that he was Collector of Her Majesty's Customs during the reign of Queen Anne. Formerly there was a memorial to Henry Medley Kilvington, who died in 1808, and to his wife. This has quite disappeared, but its interest lies in the fact that thereon he
  Thomas Poole Hooper, M.A., for sixteen years Vicar of New Shoreham, Rector of Kingston-by-Sea, and for twenty-two years Vicar of Sompting, where he died in 1837.  
             
    George Henry Hooper " of this place and Stanmore, Middlesex "            
                           
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