The settlement was first mentioned in the Register of the Abbey of Saint Werburgh in 1119. The name is believed to mean "at the hollows" (or hole), possibly referring to the "hollow way" formed by a Roman roadway.
Hoole is a residential area, contiguous with Newton to the north, and consisting of mainly Victorian terraced houses and 1930s semi-detached houses. Due to the proximity of the area to Chester City Centre, Chester railway station and the M53 motorway, the area is home to many hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments.
The main shopping streets are Faulkner Street and Charles Street. Hoole has branches of four high street banks with cash machine facilities. Open spaces in Hoole include Alexandra Park which provides tennis courts, bowling greens and a children's play area and the Coronation Playing Fields. A large area of allotments is accessible from both Canadian Avenue and Hoole Lane. There is also a private tennis club, Hoole Lawn Tennis Club.
On 17 July 2009 sixteen flats on Hoole Lane were destroyed following an explosion on the first floor. More than thirty firefighters tackled the resulting fire at the two-storey building in Wharton Court.
Places of worship
There are four churches in Hoole: Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed. These churches work together to host Hoole's largest free annual event 'Funday on a Sunday', which attracted more than 6,000 people in July 2006. This event was held in previous years in Alexandra Park, but in 2006 moved to the nearby, larger, Coronation Playing Fields. The Funday event was held on the Coronation Playing Fields again in 2007 and 2008, by which time it had become part of the Chester-wide Chesterfest organised by churches in Chester.
Doubletree By Hilton Chester (formerly Hoole Hall Hotel)
Russ Abbot (born Russell Allan Roberts on 18 September 1947), is the lead singer of the Black Abbots and later become a solo comedian.
- Ward profile: Hoole All Saints, Chester City Council, retrieved 26 April 2008
- Ward profile: Hoole Groves, Chester City Council, retrieved 26 April 2008
- Hoole Lawn Tennis Club, retrieved 1 March 2007
- Flats destroyed after huge blast, BBC News, 17 July 2009, retrieved 20 July 2009
- Churches And Places Of Worship, Hoole Online, retrieved 1 March 2007
- All Saints Church, Hoole, retrieved 1 March 2007
- Hoole Baptist Church Home Page, retrieved 1 March 2007
- Be The Light newsletter (Issue 12, Christmas 2006) (PDF), The Light Project, retrieved 1 March 2007
- Ba Ba Guest House Website, retrieved 16 July 2010
- A Virtual Stroll Around Hoole
- The Hoole Business Directory
- Hoole Online
- Doubletree Hilton Chester
- ChesterWiki Hoole entry
- Hoole Lawn Tennis Club