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The Local Area Guide to living in Hook

Initially, Hook, a small town and civil parish, merely consisted of a few scattered farms that were located alongside an important stagecoach route that took travellers from London to Exeter. Inns and hamlets, therefore, popped up to service these weary and weathered travellers. After the construction of a railway station in 1883, commuters decided to settle here.

Today, thanks to the town's rapid development in the '80s, its excellent transport links and outstanding educational opportunities, Hook continues to draw in thousands of commuters and families looking for a peaceful retreat from pedestrian-packed pavements and the buzz of the big city. Though the village has grown considerably since its humble beginnings, it still manages to retain a traditional village feel.

Information about the local residents

According to the 2011 Census, the Hook ward is home to a population of 8,334. During the morning rush hour, you will see the hurried scurry of workers commuting to the nearby larger towns of Basingstoke, Reading and Fleet, with some travelling further afield to Southampton and London. You'll also notice an influx of working professionals making their way into Hook and then onto the Bartley Wood Business Park, situated minutes away from the town centre. Major corporations like Virgin Media, HP, Lenovo and Serco all have a presence here. It is, therefore, fair to say that there's a significant business community present in this charming town.

Nearby schools

Besides being a popular hub for commuters, a large number of families also move into this charming town for the superb local schooling. Hook Infant School, which caters for kids between the ages of 5-7 years, is an incredibly popular choice with locals as it boasts an excellent Ofsted rating. Kids then progress onto Hook Junior School, which boasts similarly attractive Ofsted ratings and impressive pupil achievements. Of the pupils in attendance here, 82% leave school with Level 4 or above in maths, reading and writing. This is higher than the national average of 78% - an impressive feat. Students typically then travel to nearby Oldham, a short drive away, for secondary school. This is where Robert Mays Secondary school is situated. Here, pupils benefit from a high standard of teaching.

Getting around

Hook is something of a haven for commuters. It is situated 6 miles east of Basingstoke, 36 miles from Southampton and 41 miles from London. With such attractive locations in close proximity, it's hardly surprising to find that many people move here. The A30 and Junction 5 of the M3 motorway are situated nearby and offer road users a direct route into the major towns and cities mentioned previously. Most residents, therefore, own a car and depend heavily on this mode of transport. Another trusted mode of transport is, of course, the train. Hook is served by the South West Train line, which frequently transports users and commuters to major destinations like London Waterloo or Southampton in just over an hour.

If you wish to venture around Hook from the comfort of a bus, the 30/31 Fleet Buzz service takes passengers through the town centre and connects them with neighbouring towns like Basingstoke and Oldham. Southampton Airport and London Heathrow Airport are also a mere drive or train journey away. Both offer domestic travel as well as connections to countries all over the world!

Local shops

For a petite town, Hook has all the amenities one would expect. From a florist to several charity shops and a butcher, plus a number of decent pubs, takeaways and restaurants. Unfortunately, you won't find top fashion houses or your favourite high street stores here. Instead, you'll have to go down the road to the lively shopping district of Basingstoke to spruce up your wardrobe. Plus, one of the most bustling shopping streets in Europe, London's famed Oxford Street, is never too far away. On the way home, you can pick up dinner from the Tesco Superstore.

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