Before the Second World War the land surrounding the village looked very different than it does today. Skirting the road westward towards Clayton was a large expanse of open land called "Hooton Pagnell Common”, gated at each end and almost joining up to Hooton Wood to the north. Here was 56 acres of ill-drained pasture, almost covered with a growth of gorse and thorn bush. Farmers had limited rights of pasturage.
There was also at Moorhouse another extensive patch of common land, with equal rights, but equally badly drained.
The woods were a prominent feature of the landscape. A fringe of woodland known as "Hooton Pagnell Wood" lay near to the railway facing Frickley Hall, and a number of smaller plantations were scattered about the parish. Most of these plantations dated back to the 19th Century, but Hooton Pagnell Wood, which used to be more extensive, dates back to pre-Conquest times. Throughout the Middle Ages wood played an important part in the economic life of the village.
(In very recent times another prominent feature of the landscape - Frickley Colliery -
has also disappeared)