A brief history of Hawkchurch ............... and the Hall.
The earliest records of habitation were that of chert made tools of the Palaeolithic period in the gravel pits at Broom close to the River Axe. The River Axe creates part of the parish boundary. It is probable that the lands in the village have been farmed since Saxon time, possibly earlier.
Agriculture has always been the principle industry within the parish. Hemp and flax were grown here in the 18th and 19th century. Farming is still a major industry today.
THE CHURCH - the building we see today is a Victorian restoration. It is believed that a church has been on the same site since Saxon times. The tower dates from the time of Henry VIII. Church records exist from the mid 1600s. The church, surrounding cottages and public house are all listed buildings.
THE "VILLAGE OF THE ROSES" - The Reverend John Going, village priest in the 1880s, planted roses against the walls of houses in the village and it is still known by this title today.
THE HALL - the land on which the village hall stands was donated in the 1930s by a local benefactor, Mrs Louisa Leach. It stands on ground once occupied by a tithe barn and the stone from this barn was used in the construction of the hall. In the mid 1970s the hall was extended and this is the hall we see today. The hall has been modified to meet current standards and conditions.