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The area around Goole was originally penetrated by tides but silting began and gradually swampy land started to emerge above the water level, hence its name of 'Marshland'. Huge drainage ditches were built to manage the land and a lot of these survive around Goole Fields. There is a windmill and old smithy left in Goole Fields, but the rest is all rich farmland.

A closed pub in Old Goole A Church in Old Goole Goole Hall

The road between Old Goole and Swinefleet is extremely bendy and full of motorbikes on a Sunday afternoon. Never cycle down this road during the night as you will hear a strange dog-like creature running after you but can never be seen.

Welcome to Goole Fields The bendy road to Swinefleet The old windmill and smithy

Visitor Comments

Posted by lucy at 25/09/2009 13:56
WOW!!!! What an AMAZING place not!!!
Posted by Colette Hutley at 19/04/2011 15:04
The last photograph of the Mill and Blacksmiths shop. My dad, Edmund Wressell was blacksmith here for over 40 years, first working for Mr Harold Hodgson (a huge man with hands like shovels) and then taking over the business until his retirement. The Blacksmith's was a focal point on Goole Fields, a meeting place for lots of old characters who brought farm and domestic goods for repair. Dad has many funny stories about the people he met and worked with-a fine bunch of folks.
Posted by Sam at 13/07/2011 13:19
Re Colette Hutley. The old blacksmiths shop was certainly the place to be on Goole Fields just to know what was going on in the locality and to hear some of the tales and ribbing that were told around the anvil by some of the farming characters, absolutely fascinating stuff to a young lad. Having just left school and working on a small farm at Swinefleet I was able to visit the blacksmiths shop pretty often (usually because I had broken something !! ) Knowing both Harold and Eddie was a privilege as they were true gents in every sense. When I left the farm and went selling farm machinery I would often deliver parts for them to save them the trek to Epworth most nights. The last time I passed the old shop it looked a bit worse for wear but if only those walls could speak what a tale they could tell. Sadly things move on but you never forget such good times. Bye for now.
Posted by lucy phillipson at 21/12/2011 22:45
the mill at goole fields used to be my grandads and i love it so much . i never got to meet my grandad as he died before i was born but he would be so proud of it !
Posted by Taz at 26/12/2011 20:37
I remember Mr Phillipson and his horse and cart often seen down Bridge Street in the 1960s and early 70s. I couldn't remember his Christian name but there was an interview in this Saturday's Yorkshire Post 'Country Week' supplement with Eddie Wressell the former blacksmith mentioned in a previous correspondence. Eddie mentions shoeing the last working horse in the area owned by Albert Phillipson, local farmer, who used to transport between the docks and the shipyard. To make the local connection complete the YP interviewer was Lucy Oates whose great-grandfather and grandfather farmed in Swinefleet at Quayfields? Farm where Richard Oldridge farms now.
Posted by Sam at 29/12/2011 17:46
Taz, I also read with interest the article on Eddie Wressell. No doubt he makes an interesting warden with his vast knowledge of all things countryside and beyond and will make things even more interesting with the sincere and quiet manner in which he puts things across. I recon Mr Phillipsons christian name was Albert but I will stand corrected on that one if someone knows different. The guy who always rode as shot gun with him though was a Mr Taun who lived down Morley Street. They used to cart all sorts of stuff around from the ship yard in Old Goole and any rubbish they unloaded on the tip down the side of the Dutch River at the back of the old Fisons works where the road forks to either go to South Airmyn Grange farm or St Helena farm I recon the tip site is now a scrap yard ? Had to laugh at the mention of Mr Oates, I like you will remember me once ditching a pea cutter in his barley field early one morning when the chain came off the drive wheel, possibly wouldn't be writing this now if it had gone the other way off the road though. Happy days !!
Posted by Paul Fahey at 30/12/2011 22:13
Hi, we bought the Windmill at Goole Fields nearly 2 years ago now and we are restoring the mill and building an extension to the rear. This is a true self build where literally everything is been done by ourselves.
We absolutely love the mill and the area and would welcome any information on the history of the mill. Please get in touch if you have any info, no matter how small.
Interestingly the date stone says 1871 TB (Thomas Burke) but it appears on an Ordinance survey map of 1805??
Posted by Taz at 30/12/2011 22:20
Sam, As I remember you were trying to keep up with my slightly faster machine and yes the barley field was a better option than the deep dyke on the other side! Trouble was once a drive chain broke you didn't have an option! Are you still trading or are you retired now? Happy New Year to you and yours - have a good one.
Posted by Sam at 01/01/2012 13:03
Taz, Happy new year to you and yours too. I was offered a good deal a while back now to get out of the rat race and didn't take much persuading to grab it with both hands and to be fair it is the best days work I have ever done and don't miss the hassle one bit. The industry had been very good to me to be fair and I had some really good times and the opportunity to travel far and wide but, you just seem to know when the time is right to call it a day. I keep busy now helping a few lads out when needed doing a bit of driving and what ever comes along really just to keep my hand in and the brain active. Fred Woolass always said to keep the brain active and not to just sit on the church wall when you retire as it's not long before you end up falling backwards into the church yard !! Didn't take much notice back then what he meant but I can certainly see the logic now. Have a good un.
Posted by lucy phillipson at 10/05/2012 22:29
its nice to read some of the comments / memories of my grandad . yes he was called albert . :) i never met him but would of loved to. but will get the chance one day . miss u grandad xx
Posted by lucy phillipson at 03/12/2012 22:23
my gran would prob have some info if u wanted some info on it please let me know . as it was my grandads mill. xx
Posted by Peter scott at 08/06/2013 21:26
The mill at Goole Fields was owned by Thomas Birks and was built for him when his original mill was demolished by the A&CN to make way for the docks in the 1820's. His son Thomas Birks junior was miller at Goole Mill after his father retired. He married a sea captain's daughter Annie Woodhead, and he was an important amateur botanist. He was an expert on the fauna of the moors and river and was a leading light in the Goole Scientific Society.
Posted by lucy phillipson at 04/10/2014 16:54
thinking of you today grandad. as missing you. so does gran to , and so does rest of the family . <3 xxxx
Posted by CHARLES WALDUCK at 08/07/2016 10:40
My Great Grandma lived in at Home Farms with my Great Granddad Alfred Walduck. Great Grandma Sarah (Skern) died in 1979. I went to her house once and she had no electricity and an outside toilet she lived well into her 90's.

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