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Hook, Dorset

Historical Description

Hook, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the river Froom, 2½ miles NW of Toller station on the G.W.R., and 4 E by S of Beaminster. It has a post office under Beaminster; money order and telegraph office, Beaminster. Acreage, 1255; population, 179. The manor belongs to the Earl of Sandwich. Hook Court is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £70 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Sandwich. The church is ancient, but was almost entirely rebuilt in 1875.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishHooke St. Giles 
Poor Law unionBeaminster1836 -
Registration districtBeaminster 
Registration sub-districtBeaminster 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1813, the previous one having been lost. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Hook, 1771-1812 is online.


Church of England

St. Giles (parish church)

The parish church of St. Giles is an ancient building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, and an embattled south-western tower, containing one bell: in 1875 it was restored and almost entirely rebuilt, at the sole expense of Blanche late Countess of Sandwich, who died 20 March, 1894: there are 110 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Hooke was in Beaminster Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Bridport Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hook from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Hook are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.