St. Mary’s Church, Hook – Church of England
– At the heart of the village since 1225

It is believed that in early times there was a hermatige at Hook. It was a simple home for someone who dedicated his life to the service of God and lived alone (apart from occasional guests) under strict conditions set out by the rule of St. Benedict. So worship of God at Hook probably goes back over a thousand years.

In early times the church is said to have been dedicated to John the Baptist, but by 1560 it was, as is now, dedicated to St. Mary, Jesus’ mother. In 1499 the ‘Chapel Yard’ at Hook was consecrated to be a burial ground for the use of Hook, Airmyn and Goole even though St. Mary’s continued to be in the parish of Snaith. By the 18th century Hook had become a separate parish, Admiral Sotheron having the right to appoint clergy.

Restoration Plaque:

In 1844 St. Mary’s was extensively restored. This was reported in the Leeds Intelligencer of May 1844 as follows:

“The small church at Hook, near Goole, has undergone considerable repairs and restorations…. and this little edifice may be pronounced a model of what a parish church should be in a rural district”.