About Me

My name is Tony Watson and I live on the Hoo Peninsula. My ancestors lived here from the 1700s through to the 1940s, mainly in Lower, Middle and Upper Stoke, Allhallows and St. Mary Hoo. I don’t think a week goes by without meeting another distant relative!

My ancestors worked as muddies (clay diggers), farm labourers and builders, and my great-great grandfather ran the Ship Inn in Lower Stoke for ten years.

I formed the Hoo Clean Up community litter pick in January 2012 and in 2014 I co-formed the Thomas Aveling Society (Hoo).

I'm interested in local history and genealogy and I launched this personal website in 2010 - about past and present life on the Hoo Peninsula. If you’ve got any information about our local history, please get in touch via the 'Get In Touch' panel (on the right). I also write a history article in the monthly Village Voices Community Magazine (15,500 copies delivered to the Hoo Peninsula, Higham, Frindsbury and Wainscott) and the quarterly Strood & Hoo Peninsula Times (36,600 copies delivered to Strood, City of Rochester, St. Mary's Island, Higham, Shorne, Cobham, Cuxton, Halling, Frindsbury, Wainscott and the Hoo Peninsula).