Hooke, Dorset

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Hooke Court
Grid reference: ST537001
Location: 50°47’56"N, 2°39’37"W
Population: 157  (2011)
Post town: Beaminster
Postcode: DT8
Local Government
Council: Dorset
West Dorset

Hooke is a small village in Dorset, situated about seven miles northeast of the town of Bridport. It is sited in the valley of the short River Hooke, a tributary of the River Frome, amongst the chalk hills of the Dorset Downs. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 157.

Rampisham Down, the hill immediately northeast of the village, is the site of a transmitter station operated by VT Communications, broadcasting long-range radio signals for clients including BBC World Service.

On the outskirts of the village stands Hooke Court with its surrounding parklands. Originally built in 1407 by Humphrey Stafford, the Court was extended in 1609 by the Marquis of Winchester.[1]

To the southwest of the village are Warren Hill and the woods of Hooke Park on its western flanks.

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  1. West Dorset, Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1983. p. 10.