The name Hough is Old English 'haga', or 'enclosure'.
The village is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Hag' and 'Hache', comprising 45 households, four mills and a church. It is not clear when the 'le Hill' or 'on the Hill' suffix was added.
An extensive Anglo-Saxon cemetery including both burials and cremations has been excavated on Lovedon Hill.
There was also a Medieval motte and bailey castle situated on a natural mound, known as Castle Hill, on which the church of All Saints was later built. It is an ancient scheduled monument.
Hough Priory was located here, dependent on the Augustinian Abbey of Notre Dame du Voeu Cherburg; it was founded about 1164 and dissolved in about 1414. In 1432 it was granted to the Carthusian order of Mountgrace. There are no remains.
Grade I listed All Saints, is built of ironstone and limestone and dates back to the C11th. It was restored in 1845. It contains monuments to the Payne family and is notable for its Saxon tower with an unusual circular stairway. The top storey of the tower was added during the C15th
The former post office (closed 11 Oct 2000) is a Grade II listed C17th shop with house attached, built of ironstone and red brick.
The Grade II listed pub was built in 1852 of ironstone and limestone.
The old school and schoolhouse were built in 1867 on the site of the medieval castle but they are outside of the present scheduled area.
Underneath the village sign are two dates. They are ABCD and EFGH.
The cache can be found at:
N 53 00. (G+H) B A
W 000 37. (C+D) (E+A) (B-D)
If anybody would like to expand the Village Sign Series, please do. I would ask that you let Smokeypugs know first at www.villagesignseries.co.uk so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.