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HOOLE, CHARLES (1610–1667), educational writer, son of Charles Hoole of Wakefield, Yorkshire, was born there in 1610. He was educated at Wakefield free school, and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he proceeded B.A. on 12 June 1634 and M.A. on 7 July 1636 (Wood, Fasti, ed. Bliss, i. 465, 489). He took holy orders about 1632, and was, through the influence of his kinsman Dr. Robert Sanderson, appointed master of the free school of Rotherham in Yorkshire. He became rector of Great Ponton, Lincolnshire, in 1642, and was sequestrated by the parliament. He thereupon came to London. In the metropolis he made himself a name as a teacher. He taught at private schools, in a house near Maidenhead Court in Aldersgate Street, and in Tokenhouse Gardens in Lothbury, where, in Wood's quaint phrase, ‘the generality of the youth were instructed to a miracle.’ At the Restoration, Sanderson, bishop of Lincoln, made him his chaplain and gave him a prebendal stall in his cathedral. On 10 Dec. 1660 he became rector of Stock, Essex, which he held till his death there on 7 March 1666–7. He was buried in the chancel of his parish church.

Hoole wrote many popular educational works, some of which were published after his death. Their titles are: 1. ‘An Easy Entrance to the Latin Tongue, wherein are contained the Grounds of Grammar, a Vocabularie of Common Words, English and Latine,’ &c., 1649. 2. ‘Terminationes et Exempla Declinationum et Conjugationum in usum Grammaticastrorum,’ &c., 1650, frequently reprinted; revised edition by Sandon, 1828; another corrected edition, Dublin, 1857. 3. ‘Propria quæ Maribus, Quæ Genus and As in præsenti. Englished and explayned,’ 1650. 4. ‘Lily's Latine Grammar fitted for the use of Schools,’ 1653. 5. ‘Vocabularium parvum Anglo-Latinum. … A little Vocabulary,’ &c., 1657. 6. ‘M. Corderius's School Colloquies, English and Latine. Divided into several clauses, wherein the propriety of both languages is kept,’ 1657. 7. ‘L. Culmann's Sentences for Children … translated into English,’ 1658. 8. ‘J. A. Commenii, Orbis Sensualium pictus … translated as “The Visible World,”’ 1659. 9. ‘Pueriles Confabulatiunculæ. Children's Talk. English and Latin,’ 1659. 10. ‘Catonis disticha de Moribus,’ with ‘Dicta septem sapientum Græciæ,’ &c., 1659. 11. ‘Centuria Epistolarum. Anglo-Latinarum, ex Tritissimis Classicis Authoribus … A Century of Epistles,’ &c., 1660. 12. ‘New Discovery of the Old Art of Teaching School,’ 1660. 13. ‘Examinatio Grammaticæ Latinæ in usum Scholarum adornatæ,’ 1660. 14. An edition of the New Testament in Greek, 1664. 15. ‘P. Terentii Comœdiæ Sex Anglo-Latinæ,’ 1676. 16. ‘The Common Accidence Examined and Explained by Short Questions and Answers,’ 1679. 17. ‘Æsop's Fables. English and Latin,’ 1700.

[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. ed. Bliss, iii. 758–9; Newcourt's Repertorium, ii. 563; Notes and Queries, 6th ser. vi. 89, 134; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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