“There is no other place like The Hookses”

“There is no other place like The Hookses”

John Stott writes:

“Friends who have visited me at The Hookses have remarked on its remoteness, for it is about a mile from the nearest other human habitation. Looking through my hermitage window, and surveying the panorama of cliff, sky and sea, and ever-changing colours, friends have also enquired how I can manage to concentrate when working at my desk. I can only reply that I find the view more inspiring than distracting.

My favourite nook is a turf ledge a few feet down from the top of a nearby cliff. Here, especially in the early evening, as the declining summer sun paints the sea silver and gold, I love to sit either alone or with a friend, to read, to think, to dream and to pray.

Even during the gales of midwinter The Hookses is safe and snug. It is well sheltered from the north-east and west. It is exposed only to the south. Then when southerly winds blow, the great Atlantic rollers pound against the cliff and drive the rain horizontally up the gully. Once or twice I have seen the whole valley white – not with frost or snow but with spume. Then the following day the bracken has turned brown from the salt. Its powers of regeneration are amazing.”

When a guest thought of comparing The Hookses to another place, John Stott would always say 

“There is no other place like The Hookses”

and his memory still surrounds and permeates the place.

Images and text from John Stott and The Hookses by David Cranston. Used with permission.


Discover more of this little corner of Wales that had such an impact on John Stott’s life and ministry in

John Stott and The Hookses

by David Cranston