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Posted by nicola s at 12/04/2008 23:37
before moving to goole 2 years ago i lived in yokefleet for about 10 years.

whilst it is true that the river bank is very pleasant in summer, it is also true that aside from nice views and abundant wildlife the only exciting things in the village are the phone box and the thrice-weekly bus to goole.

glad i moved.
Posted by Gary MASTERMAN at 09/05/2008 00:23
Yokefleet? Yokefleet?....No, can't say that I've ever heard of it. But then again, I only lived in Goole for 16 years.
Posted by Ruth May (Nee Whitehead) at 16/09/2009 12:59
My mother lived in Yokefleet nearly 20 years ago and still have family close by. I now live in Brisbane but I'm looking for any information I can get on Yokefleet Hall and surrounds for a novel that I am researching.

If anyone can tell me anything about the building, the history of the Hall or the grounds that would be most appreciated.
Posted by Fiona moate at 14/11/2009 17:16
If you haven't seen them already there are detailed descriptions in Pevsner's Buildings of England, East Riding of Yorkshire (latest edition) & on you need to register to go on this site, but it is free. Put Yokefleet Hall in freetext & it will come up, with text & images of the hall & lodges.
I went in the house about 20 years ago & I think at this time it had hardly been altered since its building, I do not know if this is the case.
Posted by John Jessop at 27/11/2009 20:24
I recall the occupant of Metham Hall at Yokefleet was a Major Empsom, fondly known as the Metham Madcap as he had a car which he drove quite quickly by the standards of the day. He was there during the 1950s and 60s. One Sunday night he had called at Wardles Garage on the main road (A614) coming home from Goole and been filled up. Unfortunately the pump attendant had put diesel fuel in the tank instead of petrol with the consequence that by the time the car reached Elm Tree corner the engine died. As a boy I was entertained to watch a man who had been summoned from the garage with a can of petrol and a siphon tube sucking diesel up the siphon tube and getting a good mouthfull to splutter on before the siphon would empty the tank of diesel to allow petrol to be put in.
The diesel went on the verge and killed the grass in front of my aunts house so to apologise they received a brace of pheasants after the next shoot on the Metham estate.
Posted by John Jessop at 21/12/2009 19:43
I recently found out there had been an archimedes screw located at the river bank end of Hutch Lane. It is said it was used to lift water out of the broad dyke which runs alongside Hutch Lane between the river bank and the village street and pump the water over the river bank into the Ouse.
Evidently during times of flood risk a tractor would be taken to the screw and used to drive device via a flat canvas belt.
All I could see when I visited the site was a gearbox on a plinth and a pulley on a shaft. I am guessing the screw would be under the floor level and need digging out to view it.
Can anyone give further details about this early aid to the village drainage? It seems quite an important bit of local history.
Posted by steve wright at 31/03/2010 13:22
Does anyone know the whereabouts of the Dobson family who lived in Metham Hall in the 70's
Rosemary and Paul were two of the children ?
Posted by paula carlile at 30/08/2010 19:21
i lived in yokefleet for 21 yrs and had many relatives there.. my gramps still lives there and has done all his life hes now 86!!!! he worked on the farm there until he retired at 65 due to ill health anyone who knows yokefleet and its occupants will certainly know the man i mean ....
Posted by Maxine Groce at 08/10/2010 14:35
Does anyone know if there are any records or pictures of the staff who were employed at Yokefleet Hall, in the early 1900's. My father was born in London and on the 1911 census it shows that he worked at Yokefleet Hall as a butler.
Posted by Caroline Kennedy at 28/08/2014 22:45
Someone here said that the Empson family lived in Meetham (? - I think) Hall but it was Yokefleet Hall. On the 1911 census there's Arthur Reginald Empson. His son was William - a well-known literary critic.
My Mum lived in one of the Yokefleet Hall's lodges with her granny for a while - Margaret Richards, daughter of Annie. If anyone remembers them or their ancestors please let me know. I'm doing the family history.
Posted by James chant at 08/12/2014 21:57
I lived in YOKEFLEET in the mid-fifties and remember Major EMPSON who always wore a deerstalker hat and plus fours. He was a magistrate at Howden. I worked for peanuts on a local farm and earned more in two days bushbeating for his shoots than I earned on a farm working for a week. I remember a shop being built and it was owned by Mrs EPWORTH. I remember Farmers, Bell GLOSSOP, Herbert STEAD who had the windmill farm, Tom SWEETING. I remember Mrs CRISP who had a small farm by the church at Blacktoft jetty
Posted by Tina Epworth at 17/02/2015 05:41
Mrs Epworth was my grandmother and owned the village shop , my dad worked for tommy sweeting in his younger years I think before he joined the RAF or maybe after , i'll have to check with him. My grandmother's good friend Mary sellars worked at Yokefleet hall when I was growing up & I remember visiting the hall's kitchens a few times where there would always be a hot kettle on the wood stove & something always cooking...
Posted by James Cahnt at 28/04/2015 16:48
To Tina Epworth. I remember your gran very well as I lived on a farm locally and was only sixteen years old. When I was broke she would always let me have half an ounce of Old Holborn tobacco to see me through the week- as wages in those days for teenagers was poor. And I always paid her back as soon as I was paid. Mrs Epworth. A nice kind friendly lady..!!
Posted by James Chant at 27/07/2017 17:58
Ivisited Yokefleet last year, the first time for sixty years. see SWEETINGS sons have gone into timber. I remember their mum and dad. She was from Gilberdike and worked for CO-OP farms. Mrs Sweetings mum and dad (Johns mums mum) lived on the railway station at BROOMFLEET John Sweeting lived at the farm with his Dad -Tommy. Tommy had a brother at Thorne near Doncaster and did dairy products. Tommy Sweetings dad made a living out of owning a Hereford Bull John Sweeting kept pigs. They had two dogs Mick and Rex

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