Pictures of Hook Norton
About Hook Norton
This pleasant village is brim full of stone houses and terraces spilling down the side of a hill, topped by an impressive Norman church. Interestingly, in spite of the fact that it is not as well known as other tourist villages, Hook Norton is on the fringe of the Cotswolds.
The village is best known for Hook Norton Brewery; the home of 'real ale'. The brewery is housed in a traditional Victorian building dating from the 19th-century, and is a Mecca for real ale buffs. The town has links with past industry and former prosperity depended upon ironstone, iron foundries and a quarry, thus, Hook Norton differs from other Cotswold villages, whose livelihoods have come from agriculture and dairy farming.
A visit to the Church of St.Peter is a must. The church is the first thing you see on approaching the village, it has a lofty Norman tower and inside there is a magnificent Norman font adorned with the figures of Adam and Eve and signs from the Zodiac.
Hook Norton went into decline when the railway line was axed, some of it's industries were forced to move elsewhere, however, the flag fluttering boldly in the wind over the brewery proclaims renewed prosperity and the fact that Hook Norton is now firmly on the map. During the summer months the village hosts a Music Festival and a Fine Ales Festival.
Of further interest in the area is the near-by Wildfowl Sanctuary and Children's Farm, the Rollwright Stones and Chaselton House.
Close-by Stow-on-the-Wold has interesting stone buildings and delightful shops set around the fine town square. Chipping Norton also offers fine buildings and pleasant antique shops.
Interesting & Historical Facts about Hook Norton
In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in AD 917 the village of Hook Norton is recorded as HocneratunHook Norton facts
| Oxfordshire facts
Other nearby recommended towns & villages..
a Historic Market Town in the county of Oxfordshire(4.4 miles, 7.0 km, direction SW of Hook Norton)
Chipping Norton lies in the midst of beautiful cotswold countryside and is surrounded by other villages that radiate the glory of traditional honey-coloured cotswold stone Manor Houses and magnificent Churches...
a Picturesque Village in the county of Oxfordshire(6.6 miles, 10.6 km, direction NE of Hook Norton)
Quintessential pretty Oxfordshire village showing a wealth of attractive thatched cottages, built mostly following a fire which struck the village during the latter half of the 17th-century...
a Historic Market Town in the county of Gloucestershire(11.1 miles, 17.8 km, direction SW of Hook Norton)
"Stow on the Wold, where the wind blows cold"..
in the county of Warwickshire(11.2 miles, 17.9 km, direction NW of Hook Norton)
Ilmington is a sprawling village, and mostly has all the Cotswold hallmarks...
in the county of Warwickshire(11.5 miles, 18.5 km, direction NE of Hook Norton)
Traditionally known as the last outpost of the Cotswolds...All towns in OxfordshireComplete A to Z of towns in England
Nearby attractions.. (3.8 miles, 6.2 km, direction SW)
These Bronze-Age monolithic circles are third in importance only to Stone-Henge and Avebury. They are one of the most historic..... (6.5 miles, 10.4 km, direction N)
.. (6.9 miles, 11.0 km, direction W)
One of England's finest Jacobean manor houses, occupied by the same family from its construction in 1607 until 1991 when it..... (7.8 miles, 12.6 km, direction N)
The impressive mansion, built in the 17th century on an earlier site, was remodelled in the 1920s by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted,..... (10.8 miles, 17.4 km, direction W)
.. (11.3 miles, 18.2 km, direction SW)
This beautiful church was built somewhere between the 11th and 15th century. The tower is 88ft high and was completed in 1447. It..... (11.9 miles, 19.2 km, direction SE)
Home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace has been awarded Historic Attraction of the Year 2002 and is birthplace of.....All attractions in Hook NortonAll attractions in OxfordshireComplete A to Z of attractions in England