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Posted by David Lea-Jackson at 04/02/2007 15:38
My dad David was born in the old jetty house in 1909,his father,Captain David Jackson Snr was jetty master at the time.
My maternal g/father,captain Joseph Lea's brother Capt:William Lea was involved in someway with a ferry that existed at Blacktoft at the turn of the last century.
Posted by Vivienne Cote at 17/03/2007 21:46
My Gr Grandmother Emma Jane Whitaker was christened in the church at Blacktoft in 1853.
She was born in Yokefleet.
Posted by Peter RAYWOOD at 16/05/2007 12:45
i moved to blacktoft in 1950, at the age of five, where my father, frank raywood took up the post of jettymaster, until his retirement in the 80's
Posted by Derek Webb at 24/09/2007 17:54
My family from Cheltenham had the greatest holidays with Harry & Nelly Blee from 1948 until 1960. They lived at Bank House right on the river in the early days, with no electricity or running water. Harry later got a generator and the water was pumped from the river and purified with a charcoal filter. I also stayed with Annie Reid at one time when Bank House was full. The Blee's and Reid's were great family people. The village was busy at the time with the Hope and Anchor a great place for a beer and shove halfpenny after playing cricket on the field next to the pub. I still visit Blacktoft whenever I am in England and the old magic still exists.
Posted by Dennis Raywood at 18/03/2008 18:23
I also lived at the Jetty but I moved there in 1947 and the Jetty Master was called Frank Raywood. I have a younger brother but I don't know where he lived for 3 years.
Posted by J SUDDABY at 08/08/2008 19:33
My gran Emma Whitworth was a seamstress and I belevee she visited Blacktoft to work around 1950ish. The people who she went to do work for in Blacktoft were I believe scrap merchants who had their business on Hessle Road in Hull.

I wonder does anyone have any other info on this or remember my gran? She came from Hull.
Posted by Peter RAYWOOD at 26/04/2009 21:48
I visited your site in may 2007, mentioning that my father took up the post of Jetty master there in 1950. i recall the mention of a Capt. jackson who was jetty master earlier in blacktoft.In my day the old jetty house was derelict, and where David was born, we young kids in the village used to go in there thinking it was haunted! With ref. to D. Webbs comments, i recall visiting Harry Blee in his house, in the time when no electricity etc. We had gas lamps to go up to bed!!! The field between Hope and Anchor pub and jetty house was always the place for village cricket. A gentleman who lived at the bottom of the field in a house on the main street was called Harry Rutter, who was brilliant at organising us kids,and got us all playing cricket,etc.
Posted by PETER RAYWOOD at 26/04/2009 21:52
I was very interested to note a comment on this site by my brother Dennis Raywood, who I have not seen for many years, as I now live in Spain
Posted by d.c. at 05/08/2009 17:36
On a wonderful & very sunny Saturday in July 1941 Captain Dick Collier & his wife, 3 daughters & 2 sons (Mary, Pauline, Dorothy, Dick & Derek) arrived to move into the pier house, the gardens at each side of the concrete path from the pier entrance down to the house were ablaze with large double red poppies with a rose arch half the length of the path. The house had mains water & a water toilet (only one in the village), also a bath room with hot water from the coal burning cooking range. No gas No electric, at night we had parafin lamps. The family of five children 5yrs to 13yrs old started school on the Monday. 2 class rooms, teachers, Mrs Taylor for under 9's Mrs Robinson for 9 to 14's.
As the war was on Cpt. Collier took up the post of pier (now jetty) master as the river was extremely busy with lots & lots of ships which required info as they passed each day & night, many moored alongside, as the tide had insufficient depth to get to Goole or Hull. There were many experiences, one being when a bomber crewed by Polish airmen crashed into the Trent one midnight. Sandy Win a farmer of Faxfleet telephoned Cpt. Collier & asked him to listen carefully as he put the phone out of his bedroom window, there were distant shouts of help, please, please help. Cpt.Collier agreed to meet Sandy at the drain on the Blacktoft Faxfleet road where Sandy kept a very small boat with a very dubious inboard engine. They arrived along with Norman, son of farmer/milk man Parker & set off for the Trent training wall, they found about 4 airmen laying on the stones with the tide rising & lapping there legs. All into the boat but, the engine failed. As they started to drift, a ships mast headlights came into sight (from Hull). Cpt. Collier signalled with his torch "personsl stranded in Ouse", fortunately the pilot was a wonderful personal friend (Tommy Maplebeck from Goole). He manouvered the ship with tremendous difficulty until the boat was alongside & heaved up on one of the ships life boat riggings. All ended well. I could give many more accounts about the wonderful comunitys of Blacktoft, Yokefleet & Faxfleet, what a great childhood I had there. Some days hard work while very young, potato harvesting (scratting), sugar beet singling & many other jobs. We had chickens, ducks, rabbits & pigs (food rationing was on then). On my 11th birthday I started Goole secondary school, up at seven, on my bike to Laxton (hail, rain, snow & blow) every day, onto the 0813 hr train to Goole then return home at about 1700hrs, with my brother. We often met up with Mavis & Ramond (Mick) Anson who also travelled to school in Goole. Blacktoft village started on Stadlethorpe road with family's Sherburn, Laverack, Harding, don't remember, Hary Blee on the river side (kept bees & suplied the village with wonderful white honey every year), back on the road, Philip blee, Freemans, Jack & Mrs Drury at the post office, Hope & Anchor Inn with the Fred Lord family, next the pier engine house attendant ,Mr & Mrs Hibberd, cottages with the Smalleys & Reeds, Pier House, Robinsons Farm, double bend with Burt's shop, vicaridge, Jim Drury the Joiner & good jack of all trades, Hall farm with Thomson brothers (late with Betty Win), 2 class room school & over the drain clough Jake & brother Crisp (2 brothers maried to 2 sisters).
AT the left of the church entrance (facing the church) is a double grave of Roger & billy reed who survived all the war years only to die together in a motor byke accident, perhaps the villages saddest day. Later Mrs reed married Philip blee.
Cpt. Collier was promoted to a higher position on Goole docks so sadly we left Blacktofr 1950 when Frank Raywood & family (2 sons)moved in.

On a summers day in 1999 an ex director of a company from Hull was driving along Stadlethorpe road & nearing Blacktoft & remarked to his wife "How could a boy from this community rise to be a director of operations in Spain employed by a U.S.A. multi-national power station & refinerry designing, fabricating & construction company, later to travel the world & live in about 2 dozen countries, including China, as one of the companies international consultants"? They were on a visit from Spain & were friends of mine, being members of the same mountain walkers club here on the Costa Banca. I have lived & worked here in Spain since 1970. My headquarters in Barcelona until 1992 & now retired in Calpe. Who does'nt beleive in Humble Beginings !!

Regarding Harry Rutter mentioned in a previous note, he was married to my sister Pauline Collier & was the customs officer, water guard division located in Blacktoft for many years. Sadly he past away in the 1980's. His wife who became an assistant director still lives in the north of England, well & fit.

My very best regards to Blacktoft, Derek Collier.
Posted by Jennifer Wilson at 06/08/2009 20:07
My grandmother Gertrude Oliver was born at Bellasize in 1884 and lived at Blacktoft from around 1885 to 1895. Her grandfather William Oliver owned Staddlethorp Grange. I think there are several Olivers buried in Blacktoft churchyard, including her uncle Henry Oliver. Any information about the family would be welcome.
Posted by Sue Nicholson at 21/09/2009 10:22
I am the current Clerk to Blacktoft Parish Council and live with my joiners husband Paul at the Joiners Shop in Blacktoft -opposite the parish church of Holy Trinity Old St Clements.
We have lived in this house bringing up our now adult children for 30 years having lived in the area all our lives. The Blee family is still represented by Irmgard, the buildings shown in the photo are still more or less the same - some tweaking here and there. The Old School (shown in front of the church) is still very much in use and hopefully soon will be refurbished with new toilets.
Blacktoft is a wonderful little spot to live - the river is a fantastic source of beauty even in thick fog when the river fog horns sound (sometimes for days on end!!). River traffic is busy and the wildlife is spectacular.
The parish council meets every 3rd monday of the month.
The Church is still very much part of the community with a service every Sunday.
Sue Nicholson
Posted by David Lea-Jackson at 12/10/2009 18:15
I happened across the messages sent in April and August relative to who had had involvement with the jetty house and I have to say I was quite moved to see various names mentioned that took me back to my childhood,I'm talking 1930's/40's.
Captain Collier,Tommy Maplebeck,Laverack and Raywood.These names were frequently mentioned in conversation the problem I have is that with the passing of time and the descending fog I cannot recall whether it would have been in the prescense of my grandparents,Captain and Mrs Joseph Lea or my parents David and Ethel Jackson.
As I have said I found your comments very interesting and as such send you both my best wishes.
Before I sign off there is one other name that comes to mind,that of Eddy Needham,I think he was lost at sea very early in the war,like my dad,I used tobe friends with eddy's son,I can't recall his name but remember that he had a shock of red hair.
David L-J.
Posted by Patricia How at 10/03/2010 09:07
hello David we meet again! Just trying to find my gr-gr grandmother's maiden name and waiting for a marriage cert to come through with a guess that it is Bristow. Do you have any access to Bristow's of Blacktoft?
Posted by David Lea-Jackson at 16/03/2010 15:50
Hello Pat, We'll have to stop meeting like this otherwise the"locals" will start talking.However,as it is it's nice to have contact with you again,having said that,I'm sorry to say that I can't help you,yet again.One day maybe,one day.My Grandfather David married a Rebecca Leach who I THINK came from Norfolk.Neither of them having a long term connection with Blacktoft.
Nice to hear from you again,stay well and happy,
David.
Posted by D.C. at 06/05/2010 09:58
Hi David, with reference to your question re Captain Lea. My father Cpt. Collier disliked being away from his family for months at a time sailing the large tankers during the 1930's, he became aware of a bearthing masters vacancy on Goole docks which required a certified seaman. His father (my grandfather Captain Joe Collier) was a good friend of Captain Lea who was then the "Harbour Master" of Goole (perhaps they were fellow Free Masons), He spoke with him & precured the job for my father.
Cpt. Lea later retired & was suceeded by Cpt. Tree.regards D.C.
Posted by david lea-jackson at 09/05/2010 16:11
Good afternoon to you DC. Nice to hear from you. I would suggest that the Captain Lea you mentioned would have been my G/F Joseph's brother George, I know he was harbour master at Goole and that he was a Mason. My G/Grandparents had three daughters and five sons,each son becoming ships masters in their own right, all very confusing at times.
Take care,
David L-J
Posted by Margaret Forbes at 12/02/2011 16:26
My mother and father-in-law used to live at Blacktoft, i remember them talking about a cottage with a thatched roof and something about a blacksmith shop.They were Harry and Mary Forbes, as they are both dead i cannot ask them but does anyone remember where they were Thank You Margaret Forbes
Posted by Judith Walker at 24/03/2011 18:28
I read all the postings about Blacktoft with great interest. My great grandfather was vicar of Blacktoft in the 1890s and died there. His name was the Rev. William Turner and his wife was Harriet. They had ten children, the eldest of whom was my grandfather. The two youngest girls died in infancy and are buried in the churchyard with their parents. The reverend died in 1908.

Two years ago I visited the church and the vicarage on a beautiful summer's day to see where the family had lived. What a beautiful spot! And what a good pub is the Hope and Anchor! My only sadness is that I have never seen any photos of the Turner family in their time in Blacktoft, and never seen photos of the reverend or his wife.
Posted by Janet Setchell née Bradley at 17/02/2012 16:30
On June 9th 1922 William Howard pier master of Blacktoft was killed in an accident involving a pony & trap driven by Mr Philip Blee the licensee of the Hope & Anchor. One Henry Vincent Bird (19) of Barnsley was charged with manslaughter and also of driving a motor lorry in a manner dangerous to the public. The Pony & trap were returning home from North Cave when they were in collision with the lorry loaded with oranges & lemons. The trap overturned and Mr Howard was killed. He was thrown some 11 yards but the lorry continued. According to the Dr's report to the court the lorry had run over his head.
This piermaster was the father of Marie Howard who married Albert Bradley - my parents - we all lived at Blacktoft until 1957.
Another daughter was Evelyn Howard who married Herbert Robinson a captain for Associated Humber Lines shipping who was awarded the MBE for meritous service at sea. Evelyn as Evelyn Robinson long time headteacher of Blacktoft School.
William Howard's sister Myra along with her husband Horace Bannister Collins ran the village shop adjacent to the Hope & Anchor Inn. My father Albert Bradley was a long srving churchwarden, both my mother & I played the organ for services in the church. My mother as a relief teacher taught many pupils in Laxton & Gilberdyke. On my father's side of the family I am a descendant of the Bell family (millers) and the Hessey & Longbone families of Blacktoft.
Posted by Janet Setchell at 17/02/2012 16:45
Continuing from the above, I have just found another newspaper cutting in which is states that "the tiny village of Blacktoft boasts in its little school no less than four pairs of twins amiong its scholars." Dorothy & Kathleen Laverack, Geoffrey & Raymond Anson, Reginald & Douglas Sherman and Ray & Jean Lord. They were at school when I was there so I put the date of the article at aboout 1948 - 1950.
Posted by robert williamson at 05/03/2012 22:06
In reply to the first of janet setchells comments on 17/02/12 I remember evelyn robinson.I travelled on the school bus from staddlethorpe grange to gilberdyke along with other pupils and evelyn robinson and mrs taylor who also taught at gilberdyke.evelyn robinson was very strict.I remember her having one of those travelling alarm clocks which she put on her desk every morning when she arrived at school and took home at the end of school.I also remember her travelling around in a mini car she had at the time.
My late father stanley williamson told me once that Captain Herbert Robinson was at a function at goole one evening with a number of his seefaring friends and rang les robinson who farmed at blacktoft and asked him to fetch him back to blacktoft as les did some taxi work at the time as well as running his farm.On arriving at goole les told someone that he had come to pick up capt robinson.On hearing this capt robinson asked les to meet all his friends.Les reluctantly agreed as he had just come from work and still had his wellington boots on!
Posted by Ian Blee at 11/03/2012 22:10
Very interesting to read about the Blee family in Blacktoft.My greatgreat granfather was landlord at the hope and anchor pub,my grandfather was born there.I have a very old photo of the pub with Thomas Blees name across the front.Does any one no anything about the history of the family in Blacktoft would be pleased to know..Ian Blee living in Goole
Posted by Keith Gilson at 27/03/2012 20:00
Posted by robert williamson at 27/03/2012 22:08
In reply to Ian Blee

I remember Philip Blee who was a jp on the former howden bench of magistrates.He was farm manager for Mr and Mrs Hoyle who where tenant farmers on the empson estate at Staddlethorpe House.On Mr and Mrs Hoyles passing he carried on as tenant farmer on the same farm in his own right.On his retirement he went to live in a bungalow on main street blacktoft which he had built.He died quite a number of years ago.His widow Irmgard still lives in the bungalow.She's Polish.Her father came from poland to work on the empson estate and irmgard and her mother followed some years later.You may be interested in reading the book historical blacktoft written by robert thompson who farmed at manor farm in blacktoft until recently and still lives in the village.You could buy a copy from the hope and anchor in blacktoft or from e bay under blacktoft.
Posted by ian blee at 29/03/2012 20:47
many thanks to Mr Williamson for his information will help me a great deal
Posted by andrew abey at 08/07/2012 21:40
Hi i believe that my gran Minnie Abey (Horsey?) was born in blacktoft in 1908. I think she moved to hull when married and returned to faxfleet during the war with my late father Ron Abey, as a child i remember my gran living in the new bungalows next to the old blacksmiths in 80s, i think she lived next door to her sister Ivy and down the road from another Ann. I remember my mum telling me that when they got married they lived in a house near the jetty (where the phone box is) if anyone remembers i would love to hear.
Posted by Patricia How at 11/01/2013 21:23
Hello David J-L it's Tricia here! It's been a while since we blogged so I thought it was time for an update.... I've found Rhoda at last and she is a Bristow. Her brother emigrated and there is a massive tree on line with hundreds of American relies! I've also gone back two more generations with the help of genhounds. Joyce Johnson and Mary Mennet came from the Blacktoft area. I've also managed to trace my g-grandfather John Smith!! He died at sea on SS Colne in 1906 and there is a memorial plaque in Goole church apparently. I've also discovered that tree building is easier on an iPad!! Still need to find out more about the Acasters. How's things with you?
Posted by Derek collier at 09/09/2013 17:20
Hi Andrew Abey, Your note above brings back memories. Roney was my friend for many years, he lived with his mum (minnie) & dad (george a very knowledgable & whity person). They lived in a house attached to Robinsons farm house at the double bend about 4 minutes walk along the bank from where I lived in Pier house. We spent most of our time together especialy playing cricket in the field next to where they lived (rear of the joiners shop). After the war we went on village bus trips together to the coast. George had plumonary tuberculosis which he presumably past on to Roney as Roney spent many,many months in hospitals near Drifield & Malton. We would exchange letters regularly & on occasions I acompanied his father when he made his Saturday visiting. Rony's mum worked almost every day house keeping for 2 brothers who had the farm situated at the drain on the Faxfleet road, George because of his TB kept house & doing some casual farm work, he often wore a top hat & white scalf !! They moved from Blacktoft after the war to live in one of the new houses built in Faxfleet.( At this time the UK did not have the knowledge or availability of antibiotics to cure TB). MY family moved to Goole & I lost touch with Ron, however, I still have great memories. best regards, D.C.
Posted by John Jessop at 06/02/2014 16:55
Flooding of the village following the breaching of the river bank caused severe disruption to the residents of Blacktoft and Yokefleet. The 6th December 2013 saw the villages all but cut off by water from a tidal surge.
Posted by Karl Pridmore at 16/03/2014 21:02
I was born at Giberdyke(Salby Ln) in 1957, my father worked at Walker's Motor in Staddlethorpe. I am told that my Godfather was George Jackson. Would love to speak to anybody that was around in the 50's that might have known my parents or Godfather..
Posted by Andrew Abey at 21/04/2014 20:23
Hi Derek
Thanks for your reply i can remember my father (Ron) mentioning your name and an Andrew Rutter, who I am named after! I remember my gran (Minnie) working at the farm as house keeper, for farmers Bill and Peter Cooper i think, didn't know much about my Granddad as he died before my father had met my mum and gran didn't speak much about him. The house in which my father and mum lived when they got married is the house you call Robinsons farm although my mum tells me it was owned by British Waterways. My father passed away in 2012 and was ill on and off most of his life spending the last 15 years of his life in a wheel chair but still lived and shared a fulfilling life having had 4 children - 2 girls and 2 boys, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was an avid Hull City Supporter and we went down to Wembley to see them gain promotion to the premier league. I have heard so many stories about Blacktoft and visited there often.
Andrew Abey
Posted by Martin at 24/02/2015 08:45
Does anyone know what the old derelict house was leading into the tileworks at Faxleet? Last time I drove past it looks like it has been razed, however I remember that it was empty as far back as the mid-eighties when I was little, it's always intrigued me as to what happened to it and what it was for, it looked like two semi-detached houses but I might be wrong.
Posted by Alan Robinson at 05/03/2015 00:57
Hi Andrew, I remember Ron Abey and Mrs Abey (presumably your gran) living in Blacktoft. Ron worked for my father, Les Robinson for some years on our farm. Sorry to hear he's no longer with us.
Posted by derek collier at 10/08/2015 13:46
Hi Alan,
While living at the jetty house I got my first paying job, 1945 a (9 years old), it was potato gathering for your gran dad (a grumpy old so & so! However Les ran things & he was a great person, the potato's were ploughed out by horse as during the war many farms had no mechanisation. The earth was only loosened
so on hands & knees we scratted the buried potatoes out, my pay was 9 pence per day & I wore short trousers. The money bought me my first long trousers, As always my regards to Blacktoft (happy days). DC
Posted by derek collieer at 16/08/2015 11:44
reference the above note: 9 imperial pence today = 3.7 metric pence.
Posted by Michael Burt at 15/01/2016 18:56
Hello, Alan (Robinson). I remember your dad, Les ('Ike') very well. As a young lad I used to enjoy helping on the farm - potato picking mainly and occasionally at harvest time. I was very impressed once when he jumped into the river and swam across to the far bank and back again (the current is very strong, of course). I also remember his working horses - 'Prince' was one of them very fit and strong and superbly trained. I think that your dad's Grey Ferguson tractor was the first one that I ever saw and he did let me drive it. (It was one of the early petrol/parrafin ones) You also refer to Ron Abey and I spent time with him too. I once went with him on the back of his motorbike to Hull and back - I think, even now, it is the fastest I have ever travelled on a motorbike!
It is really great to recall memories of great times and great characters in Blacktoft.
Posted by Carol Simpson at 02/02/2016 18:38
Hi Andrew Abbey
My grandma was Ivy Simpson and lived in the bungalow next to Auanty Minnie. I lived with my parents Bill and Peggy Simpson next door to Auanty Anne and Uncle Albert. I spent my childhood with them all. I know your parents and they visited mine when I was growing up.
Posted by Alan Robinson at 21/11/2016 16:30
Hi Derek and Michael, only just seen your posts. Very interesting to read your memories of Blacktoft. I never knew my grandad, he died before I was born. I remember my dad having the horse Prince. I was very young then, and I think my dad had retired him from work at that time. I do remember my dad telling me he once swam the river!
Posted by Phil King at 17/08/2018 21:45
Hi , I am looking for help in respect of an ancestor called Robert Powell. He was I think the Pier/Jetty Master at Blacktoft from approx 1881 until he died in 1905 and is buried at the Holy Trinity church in Blacktoft. His then wife was called Emily and they had no children, she was approx 20 years younger than him. He had been in the Royal Artillery having joined up in 1846 at Kingston on Hull. He served 21 years and was discharged on an army pension in 1867 ( Dublin). At that time his then French-Canadian wife Leocadie Lefebvre and 3 children were waiting in Woolwich at the RA barracks. He never went back from what I can tell to them. One of these children was the mother of my great grandmother.
In his regimental discharge papers it states that he was born in Blacktoft in 1828 and was a farm servant, but he could read and write and likely could speak/write French. In the wedding papers in Quebec it states that his father was a John Powell and his mother Elizabeth Lepage. Any help, information would be very welcomed. thank you in anticipation.

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