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There are lots of bridges in Goole because of the flat land and the large number of river crossings. The largest bridge to dominate the skyline is the M62 Ouse Bridge which carries the trans-Pennine motorway from Liverpool towards Hull.

M62 Ouse Bridge

The bridge was completed in the mid-1970s and resembles a huge Scalextric model. If you stop under the bridge along Westfield Banks, you can hear the rumble of thunder from the traffic in the sky above and there's a spooky echo if you shout. There is a panoramic view of Goole from the top of the bridge, along with Boothferry Bridge and the Humber Bridge if you know where to look. It has solar-powered navigation lights in the central piers.

M62 Ouse Bridge from Westfield Banks M62 Ouse Bridge from Westfield Banks Boothferry Bridge

The Ouse Bridge was built to ease the congestion on Boothferry Bridge, which was built to replace an earlier ferry. From the days of 'Booth's Ferry', this crossing point became increasingly important to travel and communication in the region and, with the demise of the Selby ferry, became the major crossing on the entire length of the River Ouse. It opened up the area to the north of the river and helped the growth of Howden. When the ferry ceased in 1929, it could claim to be the longest serving ferry on the Ouse and is forever remembered in the Ferryboat Inn nearby.

Boothferry Bridge was built to provide a more reliable way of crossing the river and was officially opened on July 18th 1929. It quickly became a traffic bottle-neck as the designers could not have anticipated the rapid growth in motor transport.

The Monkey Bridge Kingsway Bridge Dutch River Railway Bridge

There are two footbridges across the railway, the Monkey Bridge off Gordon Street and Kingsway Bridge. The railway itself crosses the Dutch River, but the most famous bridge is Goole Railway Bridge at Hook. This is a huge iron bridge made of several spans and is notorious for getting struck by ships which struggle to navigate in the fast flowing Ouse.

West Dock Bridge Warning Sign on West Dock Bridge The high level railway bridge

Bridge Street is the original name given to the road running through the heart of the docks. There are three bridges crossing West Dock, South Dock and the Dutch River. These bridges are notorious for slowing down the traffic because there are single-laned, and when they close all traffic comes to a standstill. Although the bypass provides a detour around West Dock bridge, there is no alternative for the others unless the bypass is extended.

There was also a railway bridge across the road to carry coal wagons along a high-level line to a hoist. This was removed in the 1980's after the line was retired as it split the docks in two for high-side vehicles.

The old South Dock Bridge in action The Dutch River Bridge The Lowther Bridge on Aire Street

The Lowther Bridge crosses the docks at the top end of Aire Street. It was built around the first World War and replaced an earlier bascule bridge.

The new South Dock Bridge Stranded High... ...and dry

The South Dock bridge was recently replaced with a newer model. The new bridge was built by the side of the existing one and slid across with a huge floating crane over the space of a weekend. It allows two lanes of traffic to cross at once and was part of a more general modernising of all the bridge mechanisms. Instead of a man and a bike, the bridges are controlled from one place and monitored with CCTV

There were plans to preserve the original bridge, but these never happened. Instead the bridge has been abandoned and provides a sunshade for people fishing in South Dock.

Visitor Comments

Posted by Brian Cracknell at 22/07/2002 08:36
For years when I was small we used to get stuck in the traffic crossing Boothferry bridge and I always wanted us to get stopped at the front of the queue when the bridge opened for a ship. Then I remember the day before they opened the motorway bridge and everyone was walking across it - but not us because we had the caravan on the back and there was nowhere to park.
Posted by Rod Lumley at 09/06/2003 08:37
My uncle Doug (Doug Abbey) operated that bridge for many year after the war and after he retired from the Navy. He later became Harbour master at Goole Docks.

I was probably down to him that you got stuck at the bridge so often!!
Posted by Robert Ward at 01/06/2005 09:38
There also used to be a footbridge over the railway at the Stanhope Street end of Bridge Street for use by pedestrians when the railway gates that used to be there were closed to road traffic. There was also a footbridge between platforms at the station, and I suppose the Boothferry Road subways under the railway count as bridges too. The M62 brings several flyovers - if you look to your left at Rawcliffe as you approach Goole you can see Rawcliffe Station below you (please do not try this if you are the driver). One of my favourites, though, has to be the "under and over" railway crossing between Rawcliffe and Gyme Corner.
Posted by F Huntington at 15/07/2005 22:37
Picards bridge: this was a bridge within the docks, near to what was called the buzzer house. It allowed persons to pass from one side of the dock to the other.
Posted by Robert Ward at 02/09/2005 16:43
re Brian Cracknell's comment on the motorway bridge the day before it opened - it was a pleasant evening, a Sunday I think, and there must have been several hundred people walked up to or across the bridge. I went with some friends and had just got to the middle when the police came and cleared everybody off. I've only ever driven across it since.
Posted by Richard Greenwood at 13/12/2005 22:13
In November 1973 the Boothferry Bridge was the scene of a huge traffic jam. A railway steam locomotive of class WD built by Vulcan Foundry in 1943 for the British Army had ended up in strategic store in Sweden. It was purchased by the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway at Haworth and was brought on a low loader lorry through Hull Docks. This load was so wide and heavy that all other traffic was stopped as it prepared to cross the bridge only to find that a couple of boats required the bridge to be swung. Eventually after something like 2 hours, the lorry and engine had crossed and traffic started rolling again. It was a bitterly cold day.
Posted by john heidstra at 14/01/2006 21:29
my grandad was the last ferryman and the first bridgeman at boothferry and retired in 1964 his name was the same as his fathers ,john (jack)henry robinson .we as afamily spent many sunday afternoons in the bridge control room three longs and ashort on a ships horn would be the signal to open the bridge
Posted by Bill at 04/06/2006 13:30
I remember that the Kingsway (pedestrian) Bridge was the place to try out your roller skates. In those days there were no 'safety features' to get in the way. Brave souls would come all the way down from the top, I only managed half way. Terminal speeds were trully frightening and collisions with innocent oncoming pedestrians not unknown. It's a miracle we escaped without broken skulls and brain damage.
Posted by David Robinson at 09/10/2006 13:51
The ferry at Booth was owned & operated by my great grandfather who also had a pub at the same location. My grandfather was the youngest of six children several of whom worked the ferry. The opening of the bridge put the ferry out of business but two of my great uncles (Jack & Harold) were employed as bridge keepers. The road over the bridge also by-passed the pub which didn't do much for the trade but I don't know when it closed. There was also a second ferry a little further downstream at Howdendyke. At low tide you can still see the remains of the slipways of both ferries that they used to get vehicles on & off.
Posted by Goolie girl at 12/11/2006 22:28
Ahh manya drunken nights on the monkey bridge back in the day LOL
Posted by street Writer at 31/12/2006 00:09
Plenty of graffiti under the ousebridge, ahhh lots of drunken nights there...
Posted by Clive Acaster at 11/02/2007 19:41
You have missed the Railway bridges over the Dutch River and canal? Is that because it is in Airmyn Parish and not Goole? I can see it from my bedroom window for the last 45 years
Posted by peter winton at 08/07/2007 13:35
As a former old goolie , not now living in Goole , not seen the new dutch river bridge yet , is it any better is bridge street still havoc any new safety measures along the stretch . thats one part of goole not missed . but do miss the town .
Posted by amanda at 13/07/2007 19:36
Could someone tell me how Monkey Bridge got its name?I have asked my partner who is originally from Goole and still has family there,and even he doesn't know!
Whenever we come through from Hull, we always go over Boothferry Bridge.I aren't too good with crossing bridges,and this one puts the fear of God in me.
Posted by Robert Ward at 18/07/2007 16:33
It was called the "monkey bridge" at least as far back as the 1950s, but probably before. I've always assumed it was because of its design - the sides were made from metal strips in a diamond shape, like wire netting, so that people going across looked liked climbing monkeys. I'm just guessing.
Posted by amanda at 29/07/2007 20:45
I can't picture Lowther bridge,we always use the bypass so don't know where that is.Is it true that each bridge was opened by a bloke on a bike?My partner told me this...I thought he was joking.
Posted by Bill at 04/08/2007 19:39
Indeed the 'monkey bridge', was so named well before the 40's. My mother was raised in Carter Street in the 20's & 30's and she always referred to it by that name. I would love to know the origin of the name.
Posted by ken sheppard at 31/10/2007 18:26
As a young lad I watched the Kingsway bridge being erected, it was not without incident, apart from a small fire the centre section somehow got dropped and bent and had to be taken away for straightening, at Goole shipyard I heard. The brick built ramps are hollow inside and for a time we could crawl in there when the brickies went home, wonder if anyone is still inside? It was the best runway for our pram wheeled trollies on the Fountayne St. side, if you were good you could fly down the ramp from the top, shoot along the pavement and make a hard left at Kingsway, just miss the lamp post at the chicane before flying over the curb and down onto Kingsway playing field, if you were not so good you either rolled it or hit the lamp post. Happy days.
Posted by TMH at 17/02/2008 16:08
Having lived in Goole for most of my life,and played on the Monkey bridge as a child, i have often wondered where it got its name from. could you or anyone shed more light on the"where the Monkey bridge name" came from

TMH South Wales
Posted by JOHN HOWARD at 30/08/2008 02:05
it was called monkey bridge i believe cos we as kids used to cross it to go to school everyday and we used to tie rope under neath to make a swing this happened from it being built the police used to chase us if we were seen they called us little monkeys hence the name
Posted by Bill at 10/09/2008 23:58
Hi John, that sounds quite plausible. But I suspect the climbing of ropes by kids (like monkeys) might be reason it was so named by locals, rather than the police calling the kids of your generation little monkeys. I say this because I have feeling that the name was in use from a much earlier time. It would be nice to get to the bottom of this.
Posted by john howard at 18/10/2008 09:03
needless to say bill i got caught by local bobby he chased me and cliped me around my ear for been cheeky it hurt too his hand was massive wasnt cheeky to him again
Posted by Sam at 18/12/2009 11:08
Re John Howard. John did you live in the capstan street area of old Goole ? and have a sister called Kathleen ( I think ) I was born in OG.I spent many hours waiting for the pea lorries to slow down for the Dutch River bridge and then run along side and nick peas from them. I was also once daft enough to swing under the bridge as a dare on a small tube that ran from one side to the other. It doesnt bear thinking about now. If you are the JH, please restore my memory, who's was the newsagents / sweet shop next to the Vermuyden pub and who had the barbers shop on South Street, I have Mr Watson in my mind for that one. There was a butchers shop next to the Cape I think that was owned by a big chap called Abrey or Abbey. I had my first three wheeler bike from Donegues on Bridge street and was also amazed at the clothes shop Laceys opposite as he always packaged goods up in brown paper and tied with white string. Was there a chippy somewhere there also. ? I once remember seeing a lot of grown ups looking at some strange bent green & yellow things in a long brown wooden box on the floor in the coop shop in Percy street, me thinking what all the fuss was about as I was but a tot, these turned out to be bannanas of all things apparently the first to be seen in the place.
Been long long gone from Goole but we all come from somewhere
Posted by Mark Dicko at 05/10/2010 05:30
so, how many bridges on bridge street?
Posted by Sam at 22/11/2010 09:49
How many bridges on Bridge Street ?
Have a look at Google earth it gives a smashing view and saves on the shoe leather.!! Cheers
Posted by Rugged at 13/01/2011 19:00
The monkey bridge crew lol
Posted by Robert Ward at 14/08/2011 11:49
East Riding Archives at Beverley Library has a census of vehicles using Boothferry Bridge for the whole of the week beginning the 10th February, 1930 (reference POL 3/6/5/70), little more than 6 months after the bridge opened. It includes the date and time, the name of the vehicle owner and the destination. There was more traffic than you might expect, possibly over 100 pages. It is fascinating to note lots of local names, e.g. Easthams, Storrs, Pigeon Sykes motor bus from Swinefleet, Dr. Wigglesworth from Howden, and (what I went to look for) Foster and Tetley's clothiers on route to Blacktoft on the Monday and Broomfleet on the Tuesday. There was some long distance traffic too. The archives also have later 1930s censuses, but I only had time to look through the February 1930 document. The others do not appear to list the owner's details.
Posted by andrew shaw at 08/11/2011 15:52
working as a maintenance fitter on the docks in the early 80,s one of our weekly tasks was to service west dock,south dock and lowther bridges on a thursday,this involved opening the bridge during the service to undertake maintenance work.I can remember a boy stood on the footpath behind the lowered barriers commenting on the absence of a ship during such an event, only to be told by my colleague mr dick taylor that a submarine was passing through and to look closely for the telescope,the lads face was a picture and still makes me laugh all these years later.
Posted by Tricia at 22/01/2013 11:24
Hello Clive Acaster...or anyone who know him..
I'm doing some family research on the Acasters and wondered if you could help...
Posted by Bill at 27/01/2013 15:58
Just to the east of Kingsway bridge and next to the railway line there is/was a small rubbish dump which we called the 'delf'. There is a path to it between the allotments. Curious as to why it was so called. Anybody know?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 28/01/2013 00:32
Hello Bill.There were three Delfs and three "Dykes" (ditches) The 1st. Dyke ran the whole length of Malvern Rd.The 2nd was between the two crosssings that existed before the Bridge was built. the first crossing linked Malvern and Limetree. The second crossing led to Hook Road by what everyone then called Mad Dog Lane, which now has a different location.The third dyke stopped at the cattle arch in Cowlings field.The dykes drained the railway embankments but fed the Delfs which held the surplus water and became reedbeds.A great place for kids for the abundance of widlife.
Posted by Bill at 28/01/2013 00:46
Hello Corby, thanks for that very interesting bit of info - how on earth did you know that? I was wondering about the origin of the word delf, it sounds a bit Dutch but apparently it's an Old English word meaning a quarry. Could it have stayed in the folk memory from Old English/Viking times? Regards, Bill
Posted by corby bunting at 28/01/2013 08:58
There were many things to be learnt when we moved to Malvern.for instance the railway between Limetree and Malvern was little more than an open sewer. Because the rule read no use of toilet within the station.The Brough workers, also no doubt others used the facility as soon as possible.this caused a glut of rats. The only rats I ever saw as a child were in Peachy Gotts pig sty behind the Burlington Cresent
Whilstin Malvern my dog ,Mac an excellent ratter was often called on by our neighbours when the vermin were seen in their back gardens. He was hit by a train one day and I had the job of picking up the pieces for burial
Posted by Keith at 28/01/2013 10:45
THe delfs and dykes at the Malvern Rd end also had an abundance of newts and sticklebacks , which as kids we would catch in our nets made from flour bags and pop them into a jam jar. Great times.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 28/01/2013 12:38
Hi Keith.the creatures we caught had local names. for the Great Crested Newt was known as an Astrid. There was also a fish about the size of a stickleback.Which was known as a Black Doctor. Black above and golden underbelly.I have never located this fish in books. Was it local to the area.? Fishing and egg collecting was a passion back in those days.almost 70 years ago in my case
Posted by Bill at 28/01/2013 14:38
Yes catching newts and stickle bats in the dyke between Kingsway bridge and the cattle arch was a favourite pass time. Last time I looked, about ten years ago, the ditch seemed to be entirely filled in - don't they need drainage any more? When slightly older we used to go along there and roam around the delf with air rifles intending to shoot rats - but we never succeeded. Amazing that kids could walk back home along the street toting an air rifle and nobody thought anything of it.
Posted by Keith at 28/01/2013 20:22
Yes Corby, your quite right , the black doctor and the redbreast were , or it seems, local to this area. I too have never see them in any ref/book.
Bill don't forget the catties ( catapult ) these were the days when kids could roam and parents need not worry !!
Posted by Mark Lancaster at 29/01/2013 01:08
This site brings back so many memories. I remember the cattle arch and the dump. I once lobbed a broken toy and caught my dad on the head by accident! I believe there was a bottle dump not far away? I broke loads to get the marbles out. If only I knew at the time they'd be worth a small fortune. I also caught newts in the dyke behind our house on Malvern Road. Never saw any rats though, thank god. We used to swing on a rope tied under Kingsway bridge and dared each other to swing out across the tracks as the rains came along. There used to be garages near the bridge and a building site (playground to us) just just beyond those garages.
Posted by Harry Driffill at 28/02/2013 14:02
Re Corby Buntings 28/01/13 reference to Gott's yard behind Burlington Crescent. My Gramdmother, Amy Crabtree, had the stable next to the "yard" where my Grandfather peeled and chopped potatoes for their fish and chip shop in Burlington Crescent, near the corner opposite Wally Hill's pub. this was in the 30's. Our family lived in Edinburgh Street in those days.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 28/02/2013 19:27
Hello Harry . You have started so many memories pouring back.Did you have a brother about my age? 1934
The Stables I remember belonged to Barnards coal merchant He had a Shire"Bob"and a Clydesdale. From a very early age I used to walk down the street to the stables where he would unhitch and put them away for the night.I believe from those moments I have always had a love of horses Even now ,but these have jockeys
My uncle Percy Cook bought the fish shop,after the War. He then lived in Edinburgh St and owned a number of houses on Burlington Crescent. I have his will and all of his properties made very little money
Can you remember Wally's dog? The first Rhodesian Ridgeback in the country!! He used to tell us that it was a Great Dane crossed with a Hyena.But there was no malice in this dog. Soft as a brush
Posted by Harry Driffill at 28/02/2013 20:11
Hi Corby,

Yes I have a brother Douglas (named after the ship Douglas). On leaving Tech School in Hull went to sea on the trawlers, gaining his Masters ticket. After being married for a few years went to Teacher Training College and became a teacher at the Hull Nautical School. I am the only one in the family not to go to sea, except on a Troopship going to the far east in the 50's.

We lived at 64 Edinburgh st till Dad got a shore job as a civilian instructor at the RAF Wireless school in Yatesbury. Dad sailed on many of the ships listed on this page. I particularly remember the Don, Dad was the wireless operator/AB for I sailed with him one trip to Copenhagen and spent my seventh birthday aboard her (23/07/38. There was another lad on board sailing with his father, Des Darragh,I think his father was fireman or in the engine room.

My could not stay away from the sea when war broke out and went back as soon as he could be freed from the RAF. He was a chief Radio Officer on tankers sailing the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. He was one of the lucky ones and returned safely home to us 1945/46.
Posted by Harry Driffill at 28/02/2013 20:22
Corby This is a PS.
After my G/mother Crabtree got rid of the fish shop I can remember coming up from Swindon during the war, to spend Christmas relatives finding my G/mother Melia serving behind the counter at the fish shop. G/Melia, my fathers mother had remarried after being a widow for about 16 years hence the name difference. The Melia's lived at 70 Edinburgh St. There was Gran- Minnie and husband Charles with siblings Charles jnr, Minnie jnr and Vera.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 01/03/2013 09:10
Hi Harry. all interesting stuff.I must have known Douglas at the Alex.I cannot remember any Malia's other than the shop on Boothferry Rd.But the numbers 64 and 70 Edinborough place your relatives close to people that I did know. The Law family.Fielders,Bramhams and across the road Vines,and Hudson.
Your birthday is 8 days aftermy wife's She was born when you went on the trip with your Dad.
Des's name keeps popping up in these pages.I have a photo of Des, Ken Thompson and my cousin Tommy Dunwell taken prior to all three going on seperate journeys,U.S,Canada and Oz after joining their ships at Hull .average age of 17.1/2. Tommy being my gran's grandson from her second marriage.
You mentioned your father being lucky enough to return after the war. another cousin of mine Billie Cook of Limetree was one of the first to come back after spending the duration of the war in a Jap.POW camp
Posted by Harry Driffill at 01/03/2013 20:31
Posted by Corby Bunting at 02/03/2013 14:39
Hello Harry. I believe that we have only scratched the surface of people we knew
Cyril Law.was the guy I knew.I have a photo of his wedding. his best man who I think you may know was Jack Collins (ex mariner) Cyril has long gone but I do speak to Jack.
I remember your gangs.Did they assemble at the Station hotel corner. One of these I believe may have been Dennis Foster. i knew Dennis's wife June quite well( Alan Fielder's niece.)Over the years we have visited each other at our homes. About five years ago whilst at the Foster's home in Airmyn. Who was there but Brian Taylor.Brian worked on Power stationsup to his retirement
Another person you mentioned was Brian (Flute) Cook. Sadly he is no longer with us
Posted by Harry Driffill at 06/03/2013 20:09
Posted by Corby Bunting at 07/03/2013 10:43
Hi Harry. i never frequented the Copper Kettle.spent a lot of time in the Billiard Hall though
your remark about jumping off the bridge made me remeber the time when I lived in Malvern road. A man had attempted to hang imself from the Bridge at the end of our road. However his plans came unstuck when he allowed too much rope and ended up breaking both ankles.
The even number houses were pulled down in '41 I was 7 and was involved in an accident whilst trying to walk aroundthe small area of floor in a bedroom, Falling to the rubble below and splitting my head open. I think that was my thoughts . Unless the knock cleared my database.
Yes the area across from our house were like the Mini alps. Each load tipped up by the large two wheel carts
I recieved an email from a mate yesterday. Which included many Goole names with email contacts.One of which is Brian Taylor So he is still with us.My oldest friend John Appleyard has become quite poorly now. did you know him?
Posted by Keith at 07/03/2013 13:24
Hi, Corby and Harry I cannot understand what these conversations are to do with Bridges !!
Posted by Corby Bunting at 07/03/2013 13:53
Hi Keith.In our last two conversations we both mentioned a bridge. The rest is just coincidental
Posted by Keith at 07/03/2013 15:28
OK, just wondered !
Posted by Harry Driffill at 11/03/2013 19:25
Sorry Keith, but Corby and I were just BRIDGING the sands of time. Incidentally I was born down BRIDGE street over 8 decades ago, just over the second BRIDGE on the left. to the sound of the Tom Puddings knocking against the dock walls. Talking of BRIDGES can you recall in ww2 a squadron of Royal Engineers training to BRIDGE the Rhine in Germany by BRIDGING the Ouse alongside of Boothferry BRIDGE. It was a construction using Bailey BRIDGE panels (A form of meccanco)
Posted by Corby Bunting at 12/03/2013 08:44
Well said Harry
Posted by Keith at 13/03/2013 21:16
What about the 'New Bridge ' possibly a bridge ' to far 'no doubt !
Posted by Harry Driffill at 18/03/2013 21:13
Which new BRIDGE would that be? Then I can put my glasses on the BRIDGE of my nose and scan with google.
Posted by at 20/03/2013 07:12
You wouldn't find this New Bridge on google Harry it disappeared overnight. Thats a clue !
Posted by Harry Driffill at 25/03/2013 14:31
Keith, would you be referring to the original bridge moed to the side of the New Bridge in Bridge St, that was to have been preserved but is no longer there.

by-the-way, if my memory is correct the flat where I was born lived in would be where those two silos now stand.
Posted by Keith at 26/03/2013 07:27
Correct Harry , went overnight it was said they did'nt know planning permission was required........aaah.
Posted by Graeme Redman at 02/05/2013 21:32
Hi Harry.
I don't have anything to add re bridges I'm afraid, but my Dad is Peter Redman. After stumbling on this site and finding his name I immediately texted my Mum the gang's names and my Dad was quite surprised when she read them out to him.
I took a paper copy of the conversation round to him and he loved the trip down memory lane, set him off talking for ages. He remembers you all very fondly.
Posted by Harry Driffill at 06/05/2013 19:11
Hi Graeme
Glad to hear that Pete is still around. The biggest trouble we "Old Godgers" have now is not knowing who amongst our friends are still around. I was going to say alive, but my wife lovingly likes to point out to me "that I may be living but I am really Dead especially when it comes to doing something" I reply "why have a dog and bark yourself?" I then have to lookout for the flying rolling-pin. We had some good times and we did not go wrecking the places we went to. We did not have time to do anything else if we were calling on Fred Butron, we always had to wait for him and consequently his mother had a house full of sprawlling teenagers. I would come over from Hull at the weekends, staying at my Grandmothers down Westbourne Grove.

As I am typing this memo I am looking at my pre National Service photo album, at photos of a holiday we all had together in Scarborough. Photo's of the gang playing cricket on the beach when played against the rest of the Guests in the guest house we stayed in. Pete is on quite a few photo's in particular there is one with a cigarette in his mouth another taking a photograph, probably one of those in my album.

Can your say what happened to the others, I know that my closest "mate" Fred Burton is no longer around.

Anyway, it was nice hearing from and please give my warmest greetings to your father. Best wishes. Harry

Posted by Graeme Redman at 09/05/2013 14:01
Hi Harry, thanks for the response.

I think he showed me some of those photos at Scarborough recently. Can't remember whether he was in any or not, but if he took a lot of them that would explain it. He did love his photography.

I'll print your response out and take it round to Dad's next week, it will be a pleasant surprise.

Did Stuart pass on my email address to you? Just thinking it may be easier to carry on the conversation by email rather than on the bridges page. Don't want to upset anyone :)
Posted by at 10/05/2013 19:14
Hi Graeme

Got your little "Bridgelet" I agree , someone may be upset on we what I might have written, the only trouble there is that it could be me!. Stuart did contact me and I have sent you quickie e-mail to establish contact.
Regards to you all.
Posted by Margaret Audas nee Hockney at 06/08/2013 21:17
Sam 18l12l09 The butchers shop on Bridge St. was Alf Abreys
There was a fish and chip shop across the road. I live in South Street at 89, opposite Cowlings shop. Plsymates of mine wereJean Taylor, Brenda OBrien, Josephine Clarke from Bottom house and Brian and Ernie Morton from James Ave. My Grandmother Annie Nick lived Doyle street. Thankjs for the memories
Posted by Phil Blanshard at 17/08/2014 16:53
I'm new to this site but am grateful to Sam 18/12/2009 & Margaret Audas 6/8/2013 for the reference to Alfred Abrey's butcher's shop on Bridge Street. He was my great-uncle and as a kid I spent many happy Saturdays at the back of the shop helping with sausage making and also eating the excellent pork pies baked by my Great-Aunt Sarah. And of course, bridging time, as I'm now in my 9th decade (born 1928). I was delighted to see references in earlier posts to the Delf; I often got my feet wet there in the company of George Turnbull, Les Kellet and Les Mitchell. While crossing the railway from Kingsway to go to Westfield Avenue where Uncle Alf Abrey lived, there was a big field with a large greenhouse full of tomatoes. If you hung around long enough when the tomatoes were being picked they'd sometimes give you a big tomato to clear off. Oh, happy days!
Posted by Ray Arnold at 28/12/2014 12:36
1. The Kingsway pedestrian bridge : collapsed onto the railway line when Goole Council Engineers tried to put it up, because they attempted to lift the entire span in one piece, which it was not designed for. The bolts holding two of the sections together failed, and the bridge had some minor damage, which had to be repaired, before it another and more careful attempt at putting it up could be made, some weeks later. (This account is according to a Council Engineer, who told me the story).
2. Boothferry Bridge : Had a very embarrassing first time opening ceremony. It was a hot day, the bridge designers had not correctly calculated how much the bridge would expand, and the bridge simply jammed in the heat at the Goole end, and simply would not open. End of ceremony. The nearest 'expert' who knew a bit (a lot) about expansion of large steel structures was the Assistant Superintendent of Goole Shipyard - my Grandad. He turned up, examined the problem, and said "You need to cut 6 inches off this end of the bridge". This was a massive task, but eventually was accomplished, and the bridge opened and shut regularly thereafter. Somewhere, I have a photo of my Grandad, taken when he was called out to inspect the bridge.
I realise that some non-engineering folks may think that 6 inches "sounds an awful lot" - but be advised that when the new road bridge over the River Severn was designed many years ago now, we had to cater for expansion and contraction of several FEET between a very hot summers days and the coldest imaginable winters day. And yes, we did have to ensure that cars don't have to 'fly through the air' for 5 or more feet on a cold winters day!
3. The Goole bridge that no-one, (except perhaps me?) remembers. You all know where Boothferry Bridge is. A few of you will know where the landing place for the original Booths Ferry was. (Maybe a quarter mile upstream from the Bridge, towards Airmyn).
Well now, in 1944, between Boothferry Bridge and the Booth's Ferry landing place, a team of (I think) Canadian Army bridge builders built a long bridge ramp from field / road level up to the top of the river bank. I remember being very impressed by how quickly they assembled it, and kept nagging at my Grandad to "take me again" to watch their progress (I was only 4 at the time). The Canadians then dismantled the bridging structure even more quickly than they had assembled it, and disappeared from Goole. Although, of course, I only realised it many years later, they had left Goole to go to France and Germany, to make use of their bridge-building skills in the conquest of Germany.

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