Hook, Hart

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Hook
Hook is located in Hampshire
Hook
Hook
 Hook shown within Hampshire
Population 7,321 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SU722537
   – London  42 miles (68 km) SW 
District Hart
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HOOK
Postcode district RG27
Dialling code 01256
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance {{{ambulance_service}}}
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament North East Hampshire
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire

Coordinates: 51°16′38″N 0°57′48″W / 51.2773°N 0.9633°W / 51.2773; -0.9633

Hook /ˈhʊk/ is a small town and civil parish within the Hart district of northern Hampshire, England. It is situated 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of Basingstoke and 58 kilometres (36.0 mi) northeast of Southampton, on the A30 national route, just north of Junction 5 of the M3 motorway. London is 66 km (41 miles) northeast of the town.

In 2001, Hook had a population of 7,321 (8,200 est. 2006). Hook railway station has direct rail links to both London Waterloo and Southampton with indirect routes to Reading and Salisbury. Rail services are provided by South West Trains.

There is a significant business community in the town, with the large Bartley Wood Business Park situated less than 1 km from the town centre. It is the location of the operational headquarters of the United Kingdom's largest cable television provider, Virgin Media Inc, formerly NTL and Telewest. Other companies located in Hook are BMW Group Financial Services, Lenovo, Serco, Trimble Navigation and HP. Hook is also home to a relatively small Tesco supermarket. Between 2004 and 2006, Hook expanded eastwards with the development of the new Holt Park residential district.

History[edit]

Until the 18th century only a few scattered farms could be found in the area, but small hamlets did not begin to appear until inns sprung up to serve travellers. Hook was located on the main London to Exeter stagecoach route. In the late eighteenth century a turnpike road was constructed to aid the navigation of the steep Scures Hill, to the west of the village. In 1883 Hook railway station was constructed, and the village began to grow with railway workers and commuters settling in Hook.[1]

Early-Mid 20th Century[edit]

St John the Evangelist Parish Church was completed in 1938 replacing the tin tabernacle used by worshippers since 1886. The new Church was designed by Edward Maufe and shows in small scale design features that would later be incorporated by him into Guildford Cathedral. Even the Cathedral fund raising scheme of "buying a brick" was first utilised at Hook where the Church retains an impressive list of donors and benefactors. Hook also has a Roman Catholic church and an Evangelical Free Church. The latter was originally paid for by the family who founded Burberry; founder Thomas Burberry being a Baptist who died in Hook.

The distinct Anglican ecclesiastical parish of Hook was not created until 1955; Hook being a hamlet in the village of Odiham before that date.[2] It was only in 1943 that permission was given for burials in Hook itself.

Post World War II History[edit]

Hook was considered as part of a scheme to settle Londoners in the country after the Second World War, but Basingstoke was selected for development instead. Recently, the town has grown in size considerably with new housing developments being constructed.[1]

Although within 10 km of the far larger town of Basingstoke to the west, Hook's development since the 1980s has been rapid. Calls have been made to redevelop the 'village' centre as Hook has few amenities for its size, as it is now generally considered as a small town in terms of population and urban expanse.

Affluence is high due to surrounding rural areas, estates, such as[3] Tylney Hall Park and Garden which is Grade II* listed and Hook Common, a large mixture of forest and acid heathland coupled with excellent transport links.

Transport[edit]

There is the main line rail station mentioned above and direct access to the M3 motorway, as well as the straight route parallelling the Roman road the A30 connecting local towns such as Basingstoke and Hartley Wintney. Southampton Airport is 56 km (35 mi) to the south and London Heathrow Airport is 53 km (33 mi) away to the northeast. The far smaller Blackbushe Airport municipal air facility is 10.5 km (6.5 mi) to the east, near Yateley. Many residents commute to the larger local towns of Basingstoke, Winchester, Reading, Camberley, Fleet and Farnborough, with some travelling further afield to Southampton, Bracknell and London.

Education[edit]

In Hook, there are a number of local schools. They are:

The Hook Schools are supported by the Hook Schools Parents Association (HSPA)[10]

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