is this a hornet?

is this a hornet?

Observation - is this a hornet?. Description: This was buzzing around our house last autumn. WE live in north Shropshire, very close to an ancient wood. It was slightly bigger than a normal hornet, but!!! the main difference is that it's head was bright RED!!! We do have hornets here, and this did no

This was buzzing around our house last autumn. WE live in north Shropshire, very close to an ancient wood. It was slightly bigger than a normal hornet, but!!! the main difference is that it's head was bright RED!!! We do have hornets here, and this did not look like a regular hornet. So is it some kind of wood wasp? Help - please. I've lived in and around the country and have never seen a wasp or hornet lkie this.