Hookend Recording Studios

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Hook End Recording Studios
Recording studio
Industry Audio recording
Predecessor Space Studios SARM Hook End
Headquarters Checkendon, Oxfordshire, England

Hook End Recording Studios is a recording studio located in Hook End Manor, near Checkendon, Oxfordshire, England.[1] Marillion's Steve Hogarth has called it "probably England's most luxurious recording studio".[2]


Hook End Manor

The original studio, Space Studios was built by Alvin Lee of the band Ten Years After when he first bought the house. Many recordings were made during Lee's tenure including On the Road to Freedom and Rocket Fuel before he sold the house and studio to David Gilmour of the band Pink Floyd,[3] who used the studio to record parts of the band’s 1983 album The Final Cut.[3] The band’s inflatable pig, first used to promote their Animals album six years earlier, was stored in one of the outbuildings. Gilmour sold the house and studio to Trevor Horn who turned it into Sarm West.[4] The studio is now owned by Mark White.[5]

Several major rock bands have recorded albums at the studios. These include Manic Street Preachers' Gold Against the Soul, The Cure's Disintegration and Mixed Up, and Marillion's Seasons End and Holidays in Eden.[2][6]


  1. ^ UK list of recording studios
  2. ^ a b "Seasons End". marillion.com. 31 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus. ISBN 9781849383707. 
  4. ^ "Hookend Residential Recording Facility". Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.redsharknews.com/audio/item/4183-studio-profile-hook-end-manor
  6. ^ "Holidays in Eden". marillion.com. 31 May 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°31′40″N 1°02′13″W / 51.5279°N 1.0370°W / 51.5279; -1.0370