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Hook, Hooke usually '(place at) the hook of land, or bend in a river or hill', Old English hoc. Hook East Riding of Yorkshire. Huck 12th century Old English *huc 'river-bend'
'A Dictionary of English Place-Names', Oxford University Press

Welcome to Hook! A pretty house The Village Pub - The Blacksmith's Arms

Two miles from Goole and as far from Howden, its long road is like a ribbon in a big loop of the River Ouse, whose banks are at times so high that we can see only the masts of the ships sailing up to Boothferry Bridge. Many old houses with red pantile roofs are among the fields and orchards, and the lowly bellcot church looks north to Hook Hall peeping from the trees. In a field by the church is a moat round hummocky mounds where a monastery is said to have stood; the water is still in the moat.

It is an old church restored last century, with black and white roofs looking down on cream walls and arches. The arcades are medieval, and the narrow 13th century doorway to the vestry has an old studded door and hinges. There are two old carved chairs. The glass showing four choristers is in memory of two of them. A window in a corner of the chancel has a scene which may be unique in a church - Queen Victoria near the close of her long life, visiting the wounded of the South African War. She sits in her wheel chair, giving to one of the soldiers a bunch of the daffodils which one of her ladies (wearing a lovely mantle with a fur collar) holds in her arm. Conducting the royal party is an officer in the brilliant blue uniform of the Guards. It is like a vivid page from a picture book.

'The King's England', edited by Arthur Mee

The Wesleyan Chapel Wezzie Banks - don't go too fast! The old Holland House Nursing Home

Hook arose when Viking raiders settled here while heading for York and from the 13th century it had a ferry service to Howdendyke. It is now a commuter town for Goole. The new houses of Goole are gradually approaching the village and in a few decades time they will probably merge. Despite all this, it is a tranquil village where very little happens except for hundreds of rabbits bouncing along the river banks each morning and dozens of drunks wandering back along Hook Road on a Saturday night.

The best way to approach the village is from Boothferry Bridge along Wezzie Banks. Here you will see the M62 Ouse Bridge towering over the flat fields and encounter the chicane in the road which has caught out many a motorist. As you approach the village, you pass St Mary's church. From the back of the graveyard, you can see a moat which all that remains of the medieval manor house of John de Houke, whose forebears had come over with William the Conqueror. This is supposedly the oldest part of Goole.

The Memorial Hall St Mary's Church Mediaeval Moat at the back of the church

You reach a crossroads when you get to Hook itself, by the Memorial Hall. Go straight on to see the river bank or go right to head to Goole. If you stray left, then you end up on a no-through road with a small pub, Hook Hall, and the old Cleveland storage tanks. The river bank runs along the back of all the houses and is a nice place to catch passing ships sailing to Howdendyke and to view people's back gardens. Each year, the River Bank Challenge contestants run their 10 miles along this route. You can also get a good view of the island in the middle of the river, although this is best viewed from the M62 Ouse Bridge.

The most impressive building in Hook is Hook Hall, built in 1743 by Admiral Frank Sotheron who was said to have sailed with Nelson.

The most popular pub in Hook, the Blacksmiths Arms, is famous for its good food, weekly pub quiz and a children's playground at the back which is great fun when drunk. This pub (as the name suggests) was previously a smithy for the farm horses. The other village pub is the Sotheron Arms, formerly a stabling inn for riders taking the ferry over the Ouse to Howdendyke. Heading back to Goole along Hook Road, you pass under the Goole to Hull railway where it crosses the river with a huge triple-span bridge. The river can be quite wild here and the bridge has been struck many times by passing ships.

Visitor Comments

Posted by GOOLE ACTION GROUP at 20/03/2006 20:13
Cleveland storage tanks long since replaced by executive homes, all overlooking each other.
Posted by George Robinson at 25/03/2006 21:44
You don't mention that Hook once had its own shipyard, the Ouse Ship Building Company, built as an emergency measure during WW1, it completed ships between 1918 and 1922. I have a full list of the ships if anyone is interested. There is a reference to corrugated buildings (a mission church, labour exchange and skating rink!) being moved from Maryport in Cumberland in 1916 to help to set up the yard, have often wondered if any of these have survived. The yard was opposite Howdendyke, I guess where the oil depot was in later years.
Posted by pedro at 31/03/2006 21:58
As a kid we used to play on the site of the shipyard at Hook,The old slipways were still there in the 1940s.looking from the river the cleveland yard was over to the otherside.i/e when entering the shipyard to the right cleveland was on the left.Dont forget Hook.S.S.Co
(Goole&Hull Steam Towing
Posted by qed paranormal at 03/08/2006 22:53
hello there does anyone know of the haunted house on hook road as we are doing an investigation there soon regards
Posted by alum works at 25/09/2007 00:11
i,m interested at finding out about the alum worksin the 1881 cesus my g,g,grandfather is said to be the fireman there whilst he lived in doyle st thanks
Posted by W.Brown at 12/11/2007 21:58
Alum Works posted by Wilf
The Alum Works was located on the south side of Albert St off Bridge Street. I believe it had to close because the lease for the land expired. I believe the works had the highest chimney in Goole which I saw felled in about 1950. The thickness of the brickwork around the flue near ground level at the base was 9 bricks end to end . The works employed at least one Couper making wooden barrels for the produce when they were in production. About 1940 they had 2 steam powered lorries I think they were Sentinals with a coal or coke burning vertical boiler inside the very primitive cab for the driver. The chimney for the boiler went through the cab roof, the engine was slung under the flat back of the lorry with the drive to the back axle was by an exposed chain drive. I suspect the lorries may have run from Goole to Scunthorpe at times.
Posted by Robert Ward at 14/11/2007 21:11
re the Alum Works chimney - I found a Goole Times press cutting amongst my Dad's papers showing a photograph of the chimney falling on Thursday, 5th June 1952. I remember him taking me to see it. The small crowd had to be very patient because there was quite a wait. In fact we gave up and went home for our dinner, but heard the bang of the explosion just as we got home. One of my earliest memories.
Posted by Jackie Rushton at 18/04/2008 23:34
My grandfather was born 6 Paradise Place in 1894 Hook would appreciate any info anyone may have.
Posted by Roy Sayner at 26/03/2009 13:54
My father was born in goole and his father george henry is shown in census as working as a cooper at alum works,
he married Amy Bradley assistant harbour masters daughter
Posted by Diane Robinson at 14/11/2009 22:43
My Dad, Colin Robinson was born in 1938 and grew up in Hook. His siblings were or still are Ronnie, Eva, Lily, Enid and Connie. I only came across this site as i was looking for some books on the history of Hook/ Goole to give to my Dad as a present. My Dad often talks about his ecapades growing up in Hook.
Posted by Diane Robinson at 15/11/2009 01:17
I have just found out some more info.
My Dad (Colin Robinson) grew up at 8 South View and the Moffats lived next door at no. 6.
The Blacksmiths Arms in Hook was my GGparents family home. Their surname was Moore. (GGmother possibly Rebecca as she was called 'Becca') My Grandmother Lilian Moore was born at the pub in 1900 and she had a sister Eva and a brother Jim (james). I dont know if there are any more siblings until i speak to my aunt.
Lilian married William Robinson who was originally from Hartlepool.
Posted by Hilary South at 07/03/2010 12:19
Very interested in all the comments & info' about Hook. My husband's family are known to have been born, raised & died in Hook & immediate surroundings as early as 1700. But seems by 1860 his line had gone west to the West Riding, though we believe many of the 'South family' remained in the area.
A good insight to some of the early days of Hook. one family member worked in the Alum works. Possibly those mentioned by some of you.
many thanks. Hilary South.
Posted by jackie neale at 24/03/2010 08:09
Reply to Jackie Rushton at 18/04/2008
Our family Sharp lived at 6 Paradise Place, Goole.
John and Ada Blanche(Moss) married in 1894, the year your grandfather was born. I have 1911 census for No. 6 showing
them with 4 children and boarding with them was a family named Foster. If I get a reply here I will forward my email address if that helps you in any way.
Posted by trev hardwick at 03/08/2010 21:45
hi i am a ex goolie who loves looking on goole on the web i am trying to place where the shipyard at hook was my mum was telling us ( mums 103 years old ) that when she was 14 she used to take dinner every day for a lad that worked there she walked from fourth ave goole to hook and got 2 pence for it i have looked on google maps but there is no sign of it on there can any one help please
Posted by John Allen at 13/08/2010 17:40
Hook shipyard was somewhere around where 174 High Street is now, near the river, of course. I have a picture of it somewhere; I think I got it off the World Wide Web. I will try to look it out.
Posted by trev hardwick at 07/09/2010 22:28
thanks stuart & john for your help i can see where the shipyard was now and i showed mum the photos of it / i told mum that hook island was up for sale and she told me that when she was young they used to go there with a bottle of water and a jam sandwich and spend all day there she said there was only a dike to jump so a lot of ground has washed away since ?
Posted by Brian Coombs at 21/09/2010 14:45
I remember hook very well, being evacuated there during the war years. i stayed with herbert & violet wakefield who had a small pig farm, it was situated on the river bank at the bottom of water lane, No 1. i attended the local village school opposite the old village hall. there used to be a butchers shop down water lane run by Bill Wakefield, i remember going to the coal yard with a halfcrown for a bag of coal, also calling at the pub for 1 oz of punch tobacoo,plus 1p for a chocolate cartwheel, i also remember the plane crash near boothferry bridge,the green fields, the boats moored on the river bank, the sunken barge,boiling potatos for pig food, fond memories flood back.
Posted by Tim Briggs at 09/10/2010 13:09
Posted by gwen naylor at 03/01/2011 19:33
This message is for Brian Coombs.
My grandfather was Harold Wakefield. He was from Hook, however he was off fighting in africa when you was evacuated. Herbert Wakefield was his brother and Violet was his sister-in-law. Bill was his nephew (bill was herberts and violets son). Bill went off to join the war, im not sure when however after the war he ended up living in derbyshire. Herbert and Mary moved to swinefleet after the war and then to snaith. It was in snaith that in 1975, herbert died. Violet was then moved into a nursing home in howden and sometime in the 80's she died i think.
Posted by Lynn Sharp at 12/03/2011 20:55
Reply to a post 24.3.2010 by Jackie Neale.
John and Ada Sharp were the grandparents of my husband. He is the son of Percy Sharp born in 1902.
Posted by David Walker at 19/05/2011 14:22
My Mother, Ivy Greenwood was born in Hook in 1902. Her parents were Frank Greenwood married to Eleanor Speight in 1900. There were three other children John [died young]
Edgar,Eleanor and Mollie. The family moved to Leeds and are listed on the 1911 census excluding Frank, Eleanor is head of the family and is a music teacher.

Is anybody aware of this family? - would be interested to know
Many thanks.
Posted by corinne bishop at 27/06/2011 20:53
my aunt-Ester tena scott,lived in Hook as a child,she moved into Montigue house with her grandparents who had 11 childeren when her mother died and father went to war.can anyone remember this family and house.
Posted by Lynn Naylor at 13/09/2011 10:01
My grandmother was Lily Wakefield, daughter of Anthony and Mary Hannah. Donald was her brother. Lily married and lived in Sowerby Bridge for the rest of her life. My mother and aunt fondly recall visiting the family in Hook when they were children and I would love to have more information about the Wakefields, thier family, thier friends and Hook. As from now I will check this page regularly for any response.
Posted by carol beck (nee wakefield ) at 17/11/2011 12:58
For Brian Coombs
I was surprised to hear of your stay in Hook with the Wakefild family. My father is Harold Wakefield. As very young children my sisters Diane,Janet and Hilary spent wonderful times with our granny and aunt Minnie in that little cottage;my earliest memories go back to 1954, I would have been around 5yrs old then,OUCH!!!. Uncles Don and Bill lived in Goole by then, Uncle Herbet and Aunt Violet had a farm in Swinefleet where I stayed with them for a short while;I remember the cow shed well...were the cats would jump on top of the milk churns to lap the cream -YUK! before been collected from the farm gate by the Milk Marketing Board lorry and the lovely Benny Bus (as we kids named it)would stop at the farm to pick me up for school in Old Goole; the same bus that would drop Diane and myself right at the door of grans house and collect us later from the door!!! We all looked forward to the annual Hook Feast which was (in them days) the highlight of our social calendar!!!I could go on and on (which I think I have...a tad!) So bye for now.
Posted by Lynn Naylor at 07/12/2011 16:50
I have just read the message re Harold Wakefield. He is my great grand uncle and I have tried on various occasions to find out more information about the Wakefield family from Hook. I also remember visiting my grandmother and aunt Minnie in the little cottage and was really fasinated with the toilet out in the back garden. My mother, Enid, was Lily Wakefield's, daughter and remembers her uncles Donald and Herbert well. I would really like to make contact with someone for more information.
Posted by Enid Akroyd at 09/12/2011 16:54
For Brian Coombes
I am Lynn Naylors mother and your grandfather is my uncle,I knew the whole family and loved my grandma very much, We went to Goole two years ago to try and catch up on any information and called at the cematory where we met a young man who used to work with Donald,(who also worked there) he said he was related to Donalds wife Eileen. Can you please tell me is your father still living, if so ask him if he remembers me. and do you ever hear from Bill he was round about my age Thank you
Posted by Enid Akroyd at 10/12/2011 09:43
For Carol Beck
I see by your message that you are Harold Wakefields daughter,Well I guess that makes you my cousin,because my mother was Harolds sister,she was one of the older ones Harold was the youngest. I knew all of themHerbert ,Lily (my mother) Edith, Ivy ,Walter,Mary,Donald,and last of all Harold.There were three others but they had already died.The lasttime I saw your father was in the ninties,my brother and I went to Goole for the day Harold was aready living in Goole so we paid him a visit,is he still living? if so ask him if he remembers me ,I guess he would be about ninty now.
Posted by Julie Chambers at 13/03/2012 21:57
My great grandfather Arthur Hiley owned Hook Hall in High Street in the late 1800's through till I think the 1940's. From what I have been told he was a sea merchant. My grandfather was Ronald Hiley and I believe there were two other siblings.My grandfather Ronald immigrated to New Zealand in the 1920's, but spent his school years in at a boarding school in the area. If anyone has any information on this family I would love to have it.
Posted by Julie Chambers at 29/04/2012 02:52
Message for Dianne Robinson. I read that you may have photos of Hook Hall that belonged to the Sotheron Family. If so I would love to get hold of some copies. i can be contacted on thanks Julie
Posted by Shirley Potter at 14/10/2012 17:34
My Great grand father was called John Watson and lived at Foundry Street Hook, and was a dock labourere, but I cant find anything else about hime, I know his wife Alice moved to West Yorkshire, and remarried, but I have no idea what became of John Watson,
Posted by Clare Thorp at 25/10/2012 16:47
My great great grandmother Fanny Robinson was born in Hook in 1833 I think! My great grandfather lived there in Cross street, which I can find no mention of in today's Hook. Does anyone know of it? He, like me, was a Thorpe!
Posted by elizabeth hiley at 12/12/2012 22:45
hi julie chambers plz contact me as ur grandfather is the brother of my grandfather and we didnt no we had any family left as family lost contact years ago as my grandfather moved to peterborough u can contact me by or i am on ebay elizabeth crawford/hiley
Posted by kay hiley at 16/12/2012 01:01
im elizabeths mum and married to ronald arthur hiley who was named after his uncle
Posted by Corby Bunting at 17/12/2012 19:33
Hello will notice many Cross streets in Goole usualy followed by the name of the street it crosses.I wa born in Cross Stanley Street.and moved later to Stanley Street. This area was once part of Hook There were three Robinson families.One in Cross Stanley Street. but one family in Stanley Street in the early to mid 30's Were the Thorpe family which consisted of George William his wife Alice Fields. Daughters Doreen and Enid, sons Donald and George william.Rng any bells? Doreen married my wife's uncle Robert Hall in 1955. They had a daughter
Posted by david harrison at 09/04/2013 22:05
I had a relative and family who lived in hook hall when he was a farm bailiff in 1866. I know its a care home now,and I know its supposed to be on Hook High St,but I cant locate it on google mapping,and I cant find out what Hook Hall used to be. ? Its oddly never mentioned ? Was it a stately home ?Does anyone know and would kindly let me know ? Thanks.
Posted by paul at 09/04/2013 23:24
You can see a photograph of the hall at There is also a small O.S extract showing its location. However a website for the residential home has it on the other site of High Street at the junction with Hudscroft Drive? I'm afraid I can't help you regarding its history.
Posted by paul at 10/04/2013 14:00
The hall is a listed building grade 11 (1967).The listing text says:- "House. Mid C18 with later alterations. Brick in Flemish bond, pantile
roof. Central-hallway entry. 3 storeys, 5 bays. Glazed double leaf door
beneath overlight in architrave with pediment carried on carved consoles.
C20 casements below flat brick arches in original openings throughout, with
band to each storey. Parapet with moulded stone coping conceals hipped roof
with ridge stacks. Interior: cornices survive to landings and consist of
egg-and-tongue and dentilled friezes with modillions and paterae to border
of ceilings".
The English Heritage website shows the loction as the same as the geograph website.
Posted by paul at 10/04/2013 17:22
Taken from Hook and Selby on this website:-
"Hook doesn't seem to have a great deal of history! In 1743 Admiral Frank Sotheron built Hook Hall and the Sotherons (who in the 19th Century became Sotheron-Estcourts) remained the 'big family' of the neighbourhood until this century. They built the school in 1844 and were Patrons of the living. But I doubt if, after the Admiral, they lived much in Hook. The Hall was sold in the 1920's (and its fine pine panelling removed and sold) and the Patronage given to the Bishop. The 'Sotheron Arms' records the ancient link".
Posted by paul at 10/04/2013 19:29
Footnote to above.
In 1743 Sothern wasn't an admiral(not until 1830).Secondly he was born in 1765?
Posted by Julie Chambers at 26/05/2013 05:56
My great grandfather Captain Arthur Hiley bought hook hall in the 1920's. He originally came from Goole and owned the property till 1954 when he retired from the navy and moved to Leeds. He passed away one year after retirement at the age of 65 years. My grandfather Ronald lived at hook hall till he was fourteen then he sailed to New Zealand and never returned.
Posted by Gwen Naylor at 19/08/2013 18:13
message for Lynn Naylor, Enid Akroyd and Briam coombs.

I'm so surprised to read this conversation! Harold Wakefield was my grandfather through marriage to my nana Ellen-Edith Wakefield. They were already married for many years when I was born so Harold has always been my grandad to me, he was the best grandad anyone could ask for. I'm sorry to say Enid but my Grandad passed away 1st January 2000. He made it into the millenium so I was always glad for that. If you ever want to visit his grave, he is buried in Hook cemetery. My nana has always told me stories of my grandad and his family. Especially of aunt mary who both my nan and mother (Brenda) were very fond of. it is always amazing to read such stories and find people like this online.
Posted by Marie Brittenden at 10/09/2013 01:41
Hello, I am doing some research on the history of Hook Island and I came across some maps where it appears to show the island as a peninsula joined to the northern bank and called 'Howdendyke Wood'. Can anyone help? Thanks! Marie
Posted by Corby Bunting at 10/09/2013 11:36
Hello Marie. I don't know how far back your maps are .but I have one dated 1910 on which it is an island clear of any connection to the mainnland Then called North Field My memories of it goes back to the early years of the war.When we would follow the big lads for a day out. Living out or fantasies.In those days it was totally different to that map.for it was a wood The dense Willows were well established with trunks maybe 2ft. across. When older we would climb from tree to tree. On occasion the roots would be eroded away. The tree would fall and later become seen floating away.There was a small stream which started not far from the Fever Hospital. continuing North. The field once had Cattle and their was a gate to keep them there.much later,after the war I would guess two Railway sleepers had been placed across the stream at the Southern end I did not go there much after my schooldaysand left Goole in 1958. Many years later I was surprised to see no more big trees and an Island out in midstream.Named Hook Island
Posted by trev at 12/09/2013 17:51
hi marie - re hook island yes everything corby remembers is as i remember it but my mum often mensions going there when she was young - so i asked her today about it and she says they used to call the ditch that separated it from the bank taggies ditch she remembers the person who she thinks owned the ground was called taggy newton who lived in 2nd avenue mum is 106 years but has great memory still regards trev
Posted by paul at 12/09/2013 21:52
On the OS First series 1805-1869 it is called Howden Dyke Island and the channel between it and the south bank was called Silverpit Bilt.
Posted by paul at 12/09/2013 22:00
Posted by Corby Bunting at 14/09/2013 19:13
Hello Paul. Very interesting. I believe it is all part of the changing face of our shoreline Sunk Island for in stance on the North bank of the Humber Estuary. Wa ahuge lump of land Once Crown property because it was seldom seen at high water. The chanel was blocked at one end until it silted up and then became as we know it now
Watever Hook Island was called in its variants. What kids to the east of Goole liked about the place was that it gave them independance at an early age to act out their fantasies. When parents down our street said that we were going to West Park for the day Many kids would dig their heels in "Not all that way "was said
When I look back on the good times I had when I lived there Wezzacs,(Hook Island) The Baths Dance Hall and my favouriite pubs where there was always a good turn The North Eastern and The Crown
Posted by paul at 14/09/2013 22:19
Hi Corby
Your trips to the island sound like a "Swallows and Amazon" adventure. I don't recall knowing about the "island" as my walks included up Boothferry Road to the bridge and a short way along the bank or taking a short cut to Airmyn or more likely a walk around the docks.I certainly used West Park a lot and Boothferry Road Juniors walked us there for games with sports day on The Pleasure gounds. Informal recreation took place on the Jackson Street/Boothferry Road bomb site where the privet bushes were aircraft, behind the south goal of Goole Town on a Saturday if someone had a ball or near Greenhawn (?) Corner/ Boothferry Road where there was a field. In the '50's you were safe to roam!
Never really tried the pubs in Goole as I left when I was 10 but did visit the BRSA club in 1962/63 as I played football for them. 10s for railfare from Hull (when they remembered).I always wanted to go in the Buchanan as my father but particularly my uncle, George Pettican ,played for them.
I did once venture onto the then Grammar School fields wearing wellington boots and trying to kick a rugby ball over the "sticks". I was caught by the headmaster and admonished for "trespassing" but from memory after saying I wanted to come to the school and my mother had been a pupil there etc he let me carry on but not to return.
Posted by keith at 15/09/2013 07:49
Yes Corby,..I think most kids in the 40/50s used the Wessaks as a playground, for most of the school holidays. Finding the perfect Willow branches for our bow and arrows, climbing trees, playing hide and seek and sometimes a swim in the chocolate coloured river. Certainly brings back memories.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 15/09/2013 09:34
Hi Paul and Kieth..It seems strange to me now , how we can all remember our first experiences. I now find it difficult to rember last week
West Park was a great place with the Roundabout, ZigZag, Maypole and High slide. all would not be pass Health and Safety these days. Whilst sitting on the ZigZag with my hands firmly wrapped around the short ple between my legs. When the big boys took us up to great hights I learned one day to not be tempted to reach out and grab a support pole which was alongside of me at full hieght. Resulting in me being plucked from my seat on the descent.Sending me out in space.The High slide. We used to become tired of going down sitting then laying on our back, on our front. feet first ,head first.Ultimately to be launched off at the end
The dangers came when a big boy would sit on the top and allowing a long queue to form up the steps.Then the more adventurous would climb out and slide down the side supports. This was less exciting. I learnened the hard way one day .When I believe I became the first boy in history stupid enough to go down the tube .Head first..The tube was set in a concrete block. Which I hit ,head first. The surprising is that I walked away from it. Showing how resilient a young body is.although I did have a huge bump for sometime afterward.happy days
Posted by Julie Chambers at 14/01/2014 22:54
Just wanted to add what a amazing site this is. I have managed to get in contact with three families related to Captain Arthur Hiley of Hook Hall. The family lost touch in the mid 1950's and are now re united though me looking at these comments from New Zealand. So if you are looking at this site don't hesitate to add your comment.
Posted by Paul at 10/04/2014 18:06
I see that the RSPB have bought Hook Island.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 10/04/2014 18:55
Hi Paul.I have fond memories of Hook Island or Wezzaks as I knew it as a boy. Where most of the kids I knew preferred the place to West Park. We lived out our fantasies.Lit fires made Bows and Arrows and when the water was still, bathed in the muddy water.The unique smell of that water comes back when I visit (no longer as often as I should like)
Along with the Baths Dance Hall.where I became a man.(Freddy Randall.Jazz trumpeter.Split his lip when playing "Twenty one today) a night to remember. Both places to me were very important
Posted by Paul at 10/04/2014 22:34
Posted by Corby Bunting at 11/04/2014 12:02
Hi Paul.When it came up for sale I wrote an article which was published in the Goole Times The gist of which was my attachment to the place The fun we had. As it is on my shortlist of where I would like my ashes scattered. that is now out of the question.but further to that I questioned the right of anyone owning it in it's present position. For it is widely known that land between low and high watermark is Crown Property.As no doubt it floods how can anyone claim it
I recall on my first visits There was cattle further along between the Bank top and the stream. I also remember a fivebar gate Whether this was to keep the cattle on the island or to keep them away. As to the size of the trees.They were BIG possibly as high as the Poplars at West Park.and very dense for it was easy to travel from tree to tree When the tide eroded the roots away the tree would fall and remain half in and half out of the water It was then we were able to use the branches as bathing platforms
I think the people who owned the land lost all rights when the stream became enlarged Causing the Island to move away to where it is now If you email me I can send you a copy of the letter in the GT.Nobody contested my thoughts at the time
I did not use the Cloak room at the Baths. so I cannot coment on the machine
Posted by Paul at 11/04/2014 21:15
Hi Corby
As the land is owned by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and you're a member of the bunting family perhaps it would be sympathetic to receiving your ashes!!!
Whilst decorating recently I moved some old photo albums and came across one of me in the cobbled ten foot between Weatherill and Jackson Streets. In my hand was a homemade "gun" for firing match sticks.Basically it was a 5/6" X 1" piece of wood with a mechanism of bent wire and rubber bands.Did you have these and did they have a name?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 12/04/2014 07:57
Hi Paul I note your logic picking up on the name connection.In fact the most prolific bird nesting in the reed beds in that area when I took an interest was the Reed Bunting.
A close friend of mine recently passed away and his wish was to have his ashes thrown off Boothferry Bridge with the tide on the ebb. Thus ensuring his ashes were spread along the whole of Goole Perhaps a better option
The gun you mentioned was a popular home made toy The mechanics were simple But too lengthy for this page .The power supplied by two rubber bands cut from an old inner tube.They would also shoot pebbles.I was caught at the Alex playground and frog marched to Mr. Frankland the head who confiscated it.
Posted by B.Wilson at 17/05/2014 17:21
Ref 'Blacksmiths Arms'
Back in 1882, my husband's G.Grandfather came to Hook and started up business as the local blacksmith, name of George Wilson, he was the one time licensee/blacksmith of the village There was an article in the Goole Times Friday May 29th 1936 telling us all about him, now trying to put together the family tree but have been unable to track wife ect.
He had a son Frank ( my childrens Great Grandfather)
Any help would be appreciated
Posted by Corby Bunting at 18/05/2014 16:51
Hi Brenda. I am intrigued by your post. The Wilson name keeps coming up in my research. would it be possible to view the article which appeared in the GT? Do you know where George lived prior to Hook. Was his father a Anthony born in North Duffield Profession Horse breaker Did Fred have siblings?
Posted by Ernest Green at 29/05/2014 21:09
I would like to know if anyone remembers the John and Carolynn Green family. ( 1890-1930 ?)I believe there were nine girls and one boy.(Ernest my grandfather) I think john had a shoe sales business? My father had a picture of a house called bleeck house or bleak house . My grand father was a missing heir that was located in Chicago Ill. in the 1920's. My brother has a tea service presented to my grandmother from a ladies group in Goole. Any clues would be appreciated.Ernest A. Green Jr.,
Posted by Ernest Green at 29/05/2014 23:33
re:above post correction, I have determined there were ten children eight girls two boys. my e-mail is
Posted by Susan Butler at 01/06/2014 16:01
Hi Ernest, I am a local historian in the Goole area and have come across the Green family of Bleak House. If you would like to contact me throughout my Howdenshire history web site I am sure I can tell you more about the family who were indeed boot and shoe makers but also property owners in Goole
Posted by Brian Coombs at 07/06/2014 21:53
Hook came to mind after the D Day anniversary. I recall the Army practice building pontoon bridges across the river at Hook. Then one night they packed up and were gone. I enjoyed reading about Hook Island, brought back happy memories of rowing across when the tide was up, playing for hours, collecting willow branches for the Italian POWs, to make baskets with. Will never forget my days in the village
Posted by Ernie green at 10/06/2014 15:18
I would like to thank Susan Butler for her information and insight about Goole and Hook . She has been very helpful and she has not asked for compensation. Anyone that has any information about John and Caroline Green and family can post it here, or send it to . Thank you, Ernie Green
Posted by Corby Bunting at 25/07/2014 08:20
To Stuart(webmaster) after being visible for some time my posting has been under scrutiny.I have emails from interested parties asking why? If my posting is not for public view,then please delete it. As a native of Goole .Born and bred .Am I now going to be penalized for voicing a valid opinion?
Another question . The What's New page has been in complete disarray from that date It is no longer New items that appear
Posted by L Edgeley at 26/09/2014 11:28
Does anyone know of any living relatives of the Belton family who lived at Manor Farm, 91 High St., Hook in 1944, and at 93 High St. in 1953/4. Johnson Belton was a farmer there and lost a son Alfred in the Second World War. Thankyou.
Posted by David Haldenby at 03/10/2014 23:44
I have been doing some research on my mothers family two branches of which lived in the Goole/Hook area, the Spick family in Goole and the Dickensons at 1 Belgravia, Hook I can find no reference to Belgravia so any help would be gratefully received
Posted by Bill at 04/10/2014 10:36
David, There is a Belgrave Drive, off Riversdale Drive which is off Hook Road. Bill
Posted by Robert Ward at 04/10/2014 12:35
Belgravia is a cul-de-sac running from Boothferry Road towards Stanhope Street, parallel with Mariners Street. In the twentieth century the large houses were the premises of a dentist and an estate agent, and other businesses, but earlier they were homes.
Posted by Pamela phillips at 09/11/2014 14:33
family linked some how to a house on Hook Road goole called The poplars in the 19oo would love to know if any one knows the family name who may have lived there in or around 1940 so i can match the conection
Posted by Keith at 09/11/2014 23:00
The Poplars 151, Hook Road is for sale at the moment.
Posted by fiona at 25/12/2014 14:14
My mother used to tell me that there were two women living together in the house at the end of the 1940s. Presumably a couple, there was some suggestion.....but I cannot remember the names. They played golf apparently.
When I was growing up in the 1960s the house was owned by a family named Wardle.
Posted by Lynn Redfearn/nee wakefield at 06/03/2015 22:42
just browsing thru my tablet re Wakefield's of hook I am the daughter of bill and the granddaughter of violet and Herbert . was wondering if you would like any info on the family . sadly dad passed away aged 80 in 2007 and violet passed away in the 90's. I remember uncle Harold and a few years ago met up with Janet and Carole at auntie Eileen's and along time ago when very young went with Herbert and Harold to see aunt lily at sowerby bridge and her daughter Enid visited violet when she lived in snaith.
Posted by Lynn Naylor at 05/07/2015 11:15
I am Lily Wakefield's granddaughter and I am very interested to hear all you can remember about the Wakefield family from Hook. You can contact me on
Posted by Josephine Gale(Hart) at 12/07/2015 09:32
David Harrison and Julie Chambers,In 1810 my 4xgreat grandfather, James Simpson was curate at Hook St Mary's living at Hook Hall. The next year he advertised for pupils at 50 guineas per year.He later moved to Brantingham, but returned to Hook in 1837. he once again advertised for students and in the 1841 census he had 2Todds, 3 Burlands, 3 Pearsons, Peacock, and Champney. He also had 12 children of his own. It was quite common for clergy to also run boarding schools.
Posted by Lynn redfearn (nee Wakefield) at 14/07/2015 15:50
Hi Lynn Naylor, my grandad was lily's brother, Herbert and all the other brothers and sisters were , Edie ,Mary ,Harold, walter,ivy, Donald and William Edward , as was my dad William Edward named after him Donald's wife is still alive and in her late eighties and lives in Goole aunt lily was the eldest and Harold the youngest, he died in 2000. Walter was the butcher in hook and had 2 sons John and Alan who had shops in moorends nr thorne.Harold's daughters and sons live in London. Edie has a daughter Margaret (nee ounsley) and a son Keith. Donald's wife is Eileen and also a daughter Eileen.I have a photo of ivy. And great granma Wakefield and her sister Minnie lived with Eileen and don for a number of years going from hook to Goole and I can remember great grandma Wakefield and aunt Minnie. My grandad , Herbert was a farmer and lived for a number of years between swinefleet and reedness then retired had a bungalow built on his land but then downsized and lived at snaith where he died in 1974/5? I myself now live in castleford
Posted by Lynn Naylor at 16/07/2015 12:03
Hello Lynn
Thank you for your message. I would be really grateful if you would email me some of your photos of the Wakefield family
Posted by Lynn redfearn (nee Wakefield) at 16/07/2015 18:15
dear Lynn thank you for your reply. I promise to send you some photos of the family when I get myself sorted out as we are in the process of moving house soon when we have a date! So photos etc are packed away .I will get my daughter to use her scanner ( we haven't one in use) please keep in touch .my husbands email is what can you tell me about your mum ,lily and was it Neville ? I was very young when I visited aunt lily at sowerby bridge and went there with grandad (Herbert) and uncle harold.
Posted by Julie Chambers at 27/08/2015 00:43
I'm looking for family members of the Wilkinsons of Goole. My great grandmother was Sarah Elizabeth Wilkinson and her married name was Hiley. If anyone has any information on them I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks Julie
Posted by Corby Bunting at 07/11/2015 12:35
Seeing as I was the last one to make an entry, before the great shutdown. I would now like to be the one to kick things off with a question with the hope someone is old enough to give an answer.
Can anyone remember The Target. The target being a large black box situated between the river bank and the reed beds. Directly behind the cemetery. What was its function?
Posted by Fiona Moate at 18/11/2015 16:55
I used to live near the cemetery in Goole. Prior to tide time a man, who my Dad obviously knew, used to cycle through the cemetery and go to that box and fiddle with some mechanics within. My Mum said it was to do with the locks and the tides.
When you are an adult you wish you had asked more questions as a child don't you?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 18/11/2015 18:54
Hello Fiona. although I used to spend hours on Wezzaks and my father never queried this. Unaware of the dangers there.
However, he always warned against the dangers close to the Target. He warned me against the Quicksands between the reeds and the large Sand bank at low water. But I recall one day a Porpoise was seen on the Sandbank.Probably chasing the Salmon but it had died there.Four men appeared with Hopley's handcart.I could not believe that they simply walked over .Picking up the unfortunate creature.Then loading it onto the cart,took it away.
Dispelling my fathers warning to me. Common train of thought re. the box. Was that it was the waste outlet from the cemetery buildings.Only to be opened at high water. Thankyou for your input
Posted by Corby Bunting at 20/11/2015 12:18
My recent reply to Fiona,in which she stated that she wished she had asked more questions of her father. Resulted in my constantly asking questions and quite often he would reply."That is for me to know and you to find out" simple questions like "Where do flies go in Winter?" Quite simply, he did not know.However,he did have a gift which I wish now that I had kept hold of. He was a avid doodler. Always the same subject.That of ships leaving port.If I had a drawing book as a present. He would fill it with these vessels. All named.But the main gift to me was seeing the smoke billowing from the funnels. Although black and white. so many shades hat you could almost smell this smoke.Also the water .Water with so much fury you would feel that to touch it .You would get your fingers wet
How I wish that I had kept my books
Posted by Fiona Moate at 22/11/2015 23:34
I remember the man going there to the mid 1970s at least. Wouldn't the utilities have been modernised by then. Someone must know. I do have pictures of my parents posing on that box in the 1950s, possibly before they were married.

I remember my Mother telling me that a dead porpoise was displayed in one of the fishmongers in town. It must have been Hopleys and presumably the porpoise you are referring to.

In Clayton Manchester the council drained the moat of Clayton Hall in case a "child drowned". Made me just wonder how everyone survived near such a big tidal river like the Ouse in Goole. Of course the danger, the power of it and the quick sands were instilled in young minds. I don't remember a child being killed in it.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 23/11/2015 11:46
Hello Fiona. Yes, I agree about utilities outlet. Possibly my fathers warning was to put me off playing there.I also seeing Cattle stranded there and some floated away on the next ebb. But others in various degrees gradually disappearing beneath the surace. I also remember one of the boys who used to jump or dive into the water off of a fallen Willow at Wessacks. He dived in and his head became stuck in the mud. The panic that followed ,when every attempt we made could not shift him.Until a cyclist coming along the top of the bank saw what was happening.He did manage to pull him out. but too late The boys surname was Kenny
A spectacular site was the Aegre. Which I only witnessed a few times. Nothing near the Severn Bore. But it was our bore.
My good friend, the late John Appleyard had this event on Video. Which I would liked to have copied .Un fortunately the video also contained personal items so he would not part with it
No one yet has come up with the name Target and how it applied to the Black box?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 26/11/2015 08:58
Hello again Fiona.Regarding the area immediately behind the cemetery which has become a topic of this conversation. Every year there would appear thousands of Six spotted Burnets A specie of day flying moth.almost a plague.I never found why that particular area and what was the attraction There were very few about elsewhere
Posted by Fiona Moate at 27/11/2015 22:23
I don't remember seeing six spot burnets, think I have only seen one once in Goole. When did you see them? Maybe I just missed when they were flying or the caterpillars. When my Father was a resident in Goole Hall and I visited Goole I used to walk from my friend's on Hook Road to Goole Fields along the River Bank. This would be around 2004-6. I recall seeing far more butterflies than I ever saw in the 1970s and on one occasion saw a clouded yellow, small coppers and common blues. I never saw a blue one growing up at all.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 28/11/2015 09:08
Hi Fiona Possibly because of our age difference, not seeing the moths. but for me growing up in the area was a learning curve, were so many questions remain unanswered . These days it is so easy to Google anything.although I have a current issue where even they got it wrong
You mentioned Hook Hall.When I attended the Modern School. There was an all round sportsman named John Leatham. Whatever he entered, he won! He was likened to Wilson of the Wizard(also perhaps before your time) I would like to know what happened to him and how he came to live there?
Posted by Julie Chambers at 11/06/2016 00:25
Further to add to my last comment re the Wilkinson family, my great great grandfather was John W Wilkinson, wife Ada (nee Ingleby) , Children Sarah, Tom and Ada. They lived at 2 Beverley Street Goole. If anyone has info of either Wilkinson or Ingleby descendants, please contact me.
Posted by John Brown at 20/02/2017 13:33
I'm looking for the Austwick family from the early 1900 my grandma was called Maude her father was Henry an her mothe was called Aidethe came from they were on barges
Posted by Corby Bunting at 15/04/2017 10:51

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