Hook Norton inevitably derives its character from the past – its own past as a community, the past of the wider world it lives in, and the individual pasts of the people who have come to live here. This website is intended to provide interesting and pertinent information about those pasts, through thoughtful articles, imaginative re-creations and, in time, a treasure house of original material.
This website is the creation of the Hook Norton Local History Group (HNLHG) and, in particular, of the team named below. The History Group exists to recover and preserve the history of this village and parish, and to spread knowledge and appreciation of it among the public at large. For more information, please follow this link to the HNLHG’s webpage.
The HNLHG is closely associated with the Village Museum and Archive, which is housed at the Hook Norton Brewery.
The site is simply organised. The list of links on the right indicates the main subject headings; click on any one and it will reveal the contents of that section. To change section simply return to this page using the ‘breadcrumbs’ above (i.e., the line labelled “You are here”), or consult the site map.
The HNLHG is happy for people to make links to this site and to use such material as belongs to the History Group, as long as proper acknowledgement is made in every case. But please note that the copyright to the individual articles rests with the individual authors, and copyright to the photographs and artwork rests with their creators. The owner of the copyright is indicated at the end of each article and underneath each illustration.
The team wishes to thank Noel Bell for his technical advice and for enabling us to work within the Hook Norton Village website, and the other members of the village website team, chaired by Emma Kane, for their support. Others have contributed articles, photographs and maps; they are acknowledged alongside their contribution. We recognise that the history website is far from complete and hope to expand it in the near future, especially in relation to the twentieth century. Meanwhile we welcome all constructive suggestions and offers of help!
Editors: Gill Geering, Roy Meadow and Donald Ratcliffe
Webmaster: Richard Chalmers