Historic Hook

The fascinating history of the village of Hook,
East Riding of Yorkshire

Hook is a small village to the north east of Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire, situated on the west bank of the River Ouse which winds its way eastwards towards the Humber Estuary. The village is separated from Goole by the railway line to the south and by open fields to the west.

To the south of St Mary’s Church,
the remains of Hall Garths can be seen, which was 
originally moated and now is a protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. As well as St. Mary’s Church, other listed buildings include Hook Hall at the very northern tip of the village and part of the railway bridge which spans the River Ouse at the southern most extent of the parish.

Hook has an interesting, diverse and important history some of which is known, some yet to be discovered.

This web site is just the beginning of a fascinating journey of discovery. Use it as a starting point to look around, listen, discover and enjoy, and, once completed, you’ll be able to add your own discoveries right here on the web site.

Where possible, images throughout the site are clickable to show a larger version.

Hook is here because the land rose slightly above the surrounding marshes and was good for farming, i.e. growing crops and rearing animals, and living on, i.e. not prone to flooding.

The settlement’s name has been spelt in several ways, Huc, Huck, Huch, Houk, Huke, Hok, Hooke or Hook depending on how the writer of the time thought it should be spelt. The village is said to be named after either the hook in the river Ouse or after the de Houks, the first Lords of the Manor, though neither has been proven.

For most of history rivers were the ‘motorways of the day’ – most
transport (goods and passengers) between towns and cities was by boat, therefore Hooke, at the top of the Humber and near rivers which reached into large parts of England – Ouse, Aire, Trent and Don, was well connected.

For a period the Lords of the Manor in Huc were important players in the county and country with strong connections to the King’s court in London. From 1304-1307 William de Houk was High Sheriff of Yorkshire – One could say Yorkshire was ruled from here!

The lands belonging to those Lords of the Manor were extensive – most of the land that is known as Inclesmore, in the Wapentake of Osgaldcross, in modern terms, from the other side of Swinefleet across almost to Thorne, then up to Rawcliffe and back here.

To further enhance your experience and help you engage with the history and historic site of Hook village we’ve created a leaflet that will send you on you own personal voyage of discovery.
Use this web site, visit the church and talk to locals to help answer as many questions as you can.
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