Hook Norton Local History Group
The Hook Norton Local History Group exists to research and preserve the history of this village and parish, and to spread knowledge and appreciation of it among the public at large. Its monthly lectures by local and visiting speakers from September to May are popular and well-attended. It is also responsible for creating and maintaining the Village’s History website and for publishing and circulating history pamphlets. The Village Museum and Archive, which is housed at the Hook Norton Brewery, works closely with the Group.
Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month from September until May at the Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street at 7.30pm. Refreshments are served prior to each meeting from 7.15pm. Membership costs £10 per person. Non- members are more than welcome at just £2 per meeting.
5th September – Antonia Catchpole – Early Development in Chipping Norton
3rd October – Katharine Bradley – No Corsets! The Aesthetic and Rational Dress Movements come to Oxford
7th November – Don Ratcliffe – The Mad Houses of Hook Norton Revisited
5th December – Deborah Hayter – How Enclosure changed Oxfordshire’s Landscape
2nd January – John Wheatley – George and Robert Stephenson – Men of Iron and Steel
6th February – Bill King – Women of WW2
6th March – Ben Ford – The Westgate (Oxford) Excavations
3rd April – Julie Ann Godson – 1066 and Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest
1st May – AGM – followed by Owen Green – William Smith – Father of Geology
Village History Website
This site offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey of Hook Norton’s history that is currently available: go to www.hook-norton.org.uk/history
Village Museum and Archive
The Village Museum and Archive is housed at the Brewery, upstairs in the Visitor Centre. The Village Museum is accessed through the Brewery Museum, and is open free of charge whenever the Visitor Centre is open. The Village Archive is open by arrangement, please contact Jackie White 01608 730031 or by email [email protected]
In addition the group has several publications which are available for sale. These are:
The Story of Hook Norton – A highly illustrated book, for readers of all ages, about the village from earliest times to the present day – by Sean Callery – £8.99
Somewhere Along the Line – The Story of the Banbury to Cheltenham Railway – by Barbara Brown – £ 3.50
Hook Norton Village Trail – A walk round the village (2017 Revised Edition) – £3
A History of Hook Norton Baptist Church – compiled by Rev’d John Paul Taylor, with contributions by Dr Pauline Ashbridge, Rev’d Ralph Mann and Mrs Barbara Hicks – £3
Hook Norton Footpaths – 4 Walks around the village, originally published in the 1980s and revised in 2003 – £2
Hook Norton 2000AD – A hardback photographic record of the village over the Millennium – £2
Hook Norton, In Memoriam, 1914-1918
The War Memorial in St Peter’s Church commemorates those from the village who gave their lives in both World Wars. David McGill has researched and published this booklet, which gives details of all those who died in the First World War and had connections to Hook Norton. Copies currently available in the Village Shop. Price £3.
All of these publications can all be obtained from the Secretary of HNLHG, David McGill, at:
Sunnybank Farmhouse, Scotland End, Hook Norton, Banbury, Oxon OX15 5NR
Postage and packing is £1.50 per book, with the exception of the Story of Hook Norton and Hook Norton 2000AD which cost £2.50 per book.
Please make cheques payable to Hook Norton Local History Group (HNLHG) and send to the Secretary with your order.
If ordering from outside the UK please contact David to ascertain postage and packing costs. His email address is [email protected] and telephone number is (+44) 1608 737103.