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Quick History

Goole. It is part of a flat countryside where dykes and canals, windmills and willows, are everyday things; it stands where the Ouse is met by the Don, known on its journey between Snaith and Goole as the Dutch River, a cutting begun in Charles Stuart's day for draining the marshes of Hatfield Chase, now 70,000 acres of fertile land. Though it makes paper and has engineering, chemical, and other works, Goole looks to the sea for most of its living, the sailors (who love it) calling it Sleepy Hollow.

In less than a century it has become a notable port. England's farthest port inland, 50 miles from the sea. Its liveliest scenes are on the water front, where ships from far and near come up on the tide to enter the fine docks; funnels and masts, cranes and warehouses, making a ragged skyline, with the tall spire of the 19th century church rising by them.

Between the town and its neighbour Hook is a bridge carrying the railway over the Ouse. Said to weigh 670 tons, it is 830 feet long, and has a movable section of 250 feet which can be opened in less than a minute. Two miles from Goole the fine new Boothferry Bridge takes the road traffic to and fro.

Goole's great Water Tower, the biggest in England, is 145 feet high and holds three-quarters of a million gallons. The peace memorial is a small copy of the Cenotaph in Whitehall, standing in green lawns among roses and orange blossoms. Close by are fine schools in their own pretty gardens.

In the cross-shaped church are memorials to heroes of land and sea. The portrait of one is in a window, an aeroplane over his head; an inscription to another tells us that he ran to his death leading his men in the first year of the Great War. There is a tribute to those who went down with the Calder in 1931, and another to the men of the Colne who sailed from Goole in 1912 and vanished with their ship.

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

Some of the better graffiti in Goole The word Goole is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning 'open sewer', or 'outlet to a river'. Goole did not exist until the early 1800's. Until then there were small farming villages nearby at Hook, Airmyn, Howden and a few houses where Old Goole is now situated. The rural past is reflected in some of the street names such as Westfield and Marshfield.

In 633 AD the area was the site of the Battle of Hatfield in which the powerful Northumbrian King called Edwin was defeated by Penda, King of the Mercians (the midlands). The king's head was laid in a small chapel in York which was later to become the site of York Minster. In later centuries Hatfield became the site of a manor and a famous Bishop of Durham called Thomas Hatfield was born here. His tomb lies below the bishops' throne in Durham Cathedral. For most of its history the land surrounding Hatfield known as Hatfield Chase. the chase was a swampy, fenland area and stretched far into Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

The history of Goole begins when a Dutch Engineer Vermuyden diverted the river Don by 10 miles to make it flow into the River Ouse rather than the River Aire. This was done at the request of the King who liked to go hunting on Hatfield Chase near Doncaster and was fed up with the land always flooding. This allowed the land around Goole to become more habitable. Vermuyden's name lives on in Goole when the old Grammar School was renamed as Vermuyden School.

Some of the better graffiti in Goole In 1826, the Aire & Calder navigation company built a canal from Leeds to Goole. This was the start of Goole as we know it and a large town built up exporting coal from the West Riding of Yorkshire to the Continent.

Various shipping lines set up in the town, each one having their own fleet of ships, ensigns and offices in the town. The railway came a few decades later with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway using the port as its outlet to the North Sea and boom time came.

Other Goole engineers such as Stanhope, Aldham and Bartholomew invented radical ways to improve the efficiency of the docks. The most famous of these were the coal hoists. These allowed small barges (Tom Puddings) carrying coal from the Yorkshire coalfields to be lifted from the water and their contents loaded directly into waiting ships. These were in use until the mid 1970's and now only one of the original five remains. This is now a listed building.

At its peak Goole was a rival to Hull. A mural at the L&YR's Victoria Station shows the prominence of the town. There were passenger ferry services to Europe and the world and local steam packet services to Hull and York. For a town of 10,000 people there were three cinemas, two theatres and a ridiculous amount of pubs serving both the locals and visiting sailors. Various municipal parks were built and the town expanded to the surrounding countryside. Goole benefited greatly from the manufacturing power of Yorkshire and rail links were built to Selby, Hull and Doncaster. A shipyard was built across the river in Old Goole.

Some of the better graffiti in Goole The Victoria Pleasure Grounds! were built and Goole Town FC was successful in the local leagues. Famous Goole landmarks such as the 'Salt and Pepperpot' watertowers, the cranes, windmills, the Grammar School and chimneys were built.

Despite its prosperity, Goole was still quite isolated and surrounded by beautiful flat countryside. It became known as 'the Port in Green Fields'.

The town was bombed during the Zepplin raids of World War I, (a mass grave for the victims when a theatre was hit still exists in the cemetery), but was only bombed once in Second World war by a lost plane trying to find Leeds. Goole's merchant sailors played a great role in keeping supply lines to Scandinavia open (Norway still provide the town's Christmas tree every year), and sections of the Mulberry Harbour used in the D-Day landings were constructed in Goole and floated down to France.

Visitor Comments

Posted by Paul Foster at 28/06/2005 14:21
I'm Paul from Sheffield. I just thought that I'd share with your web visitors my memories of Goole when I was growing up.

My mother and father took me to Goole every holiday as times were hard 20 years ago for us... I remember being fascinated by the fact that Goole is an inland port and I also had my first snog in Goole. So much so, that I married a lass from Goole, her name was Edna Hellpethwaite. Sadly, she died in an industrial accident at the Goole luncheon meat factory some years ago.

May I commend you on an excellent site - if anyone wishes to share their memories of Goole in the 1980's with me, I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks Paul
Posted by Dab at 31/08/2005 16:21
A am 14 and a h8 goole, its crap init, da onli fing a can do is and round neer tesco or da train station init, sum of me m8s r on asbo's n dat meens we cnt do owt, day dont even serve me 4 fags in da shop init
Posted by daniel smith at 27/09/2005 08:38
lol yeah ur m8s are on the asbo list dab as i point out elswhere on the site..headteacher at veryuden is mrs mccarlaine, and i remember just as i started mr loughns i think it was left..anyway as for history a boy died in the pepper pqot, he fell 30 ft off the old stairs that was up there, as a child kids used to climb to the top, something like 30 flights of stairs, and walk round the pot...apparantly the (bell end) you see at the top is the same on the inside! like a big tank or something!..gosh im only 19 and i no all this!! lmao...In the world war 2 they dropped a bomb and it never went off, it was stuck in the ground for many years outside jackson used to mess about with it because they did not no what it was!
and if you are an old goolie you might remember a young boy who chucked some bullets on a fire and shot himself!
somewhere near the kingsway bridge! old tip there, well what was a big pond.....this is realy long i no but im trying to be detailed with everything i say, see if you can remember, the old swimming baths down pasture road, well it had like bricks or blocks sticking out the side of the wall, so the kids used to climb to the top of the roof and play ball on the top (very dangerous are goolies) my dad (peter smith) used to live in queens ave, where he grew up, where tescos is now used to be houses, lets see if you remember names, smiths, oldridges, broadheads, and many more, all originated from that area..ive noticed a few names on this site that my dad mensions every now and then, thats where i get all this info from, he remember the copper kettle, the old type sixties coffee bar with the stools...if you realy are looking to no everything about goole now and want old school photos from 1940s upto late 70s then leave your email along this site asking and i will get intouch with you!....thankyou for taking your time to read my posts and to the ex goolies, all the best luck with your futures...and dont forget to visit us and keep updated!....byeeee
Posted by fred Bloggs at 02/12/2005 09:52
I did like the place i didnt like the amount of litter
Posted by robina popolo rubbio at 14/12/2005 10:48
was born there 6 december 1947 robina murray very proud to be a part of a lovely town
Posted by K Michael Thalemann at 22/05/2006 03:25
In my younger days I was an able seaman aboard some long since rusted away coaster, bringing timber to the port of Goole, which was nearly 40 years ago... what I remember most vividly were those near silent hydraulic cranes, operating in the docks, and I wonder if anyone knows of technical details as I'm still puzzled how they actually functioned. Can anybody enlighten me? Any information would truly be appreciated. Mike T.
Posted by Fred Sanderson at 23/07/2006 05:14
I was born in Old Goole 14/1/1935 but we moved to a new council house, Chiltern Road, up Pasture Road.
Dad was a canal boatman.
Grandad lived on Spencer Street, oposite where they used to have the "Feast", the Market was at the end of the street.
I am doing family research and am stuck with my Grandad, William Henry Sanderson, was a seaman in the mid to late 1800's.
We as a family of 11 moved to Leeds in 1941 mainly looking for work for the 5 girls.
Posted by John Watson Riordan at 13/09/2006 05:37
My GGGrandfather Richard Watson, born Kippax 1778c, died Castleford 1839, is said to have owned Keels running on the canals between Goole and Leeds
Posted by charlotte at 26/09/2006 10:27
im 14 n i go to vermuyden schoo. i live in goole, and i hav just been looking around this site and found some bits fairly interesting that i never even knew. its a shame us kids arent allowed to climb the salt and pepper pot anymore, i think it would be great considering there is nowt to do in goole. when my dad was little, he said there were lots of stuff to do, now there aint. anyways, its still interesting about our history, anyways gotta go now, im in a business lesson!!
Posted by Carol King at 08/01/2007 03:38
I grew up in Goole, attending Alexander St Infants, then Kingsway Primary school, and Goole Grammar.
I worked for Val dry cleaners, Willsons chemist (not there anymore I believe) and Cograves Pharmacy.
I emigrated to Australia in 1971 and now live in Brisbane, Qld
Posted by Karin Ronis at 20/05/2007 07:04
Anyone tracing the Hyder, Goodare or Kitto family trees
Any help appreciated
Darwin Australia
Posted by tina at 18/10/2007 16:55
Hi, i'm tying to tace my family tree and believe that harrison's corner goole has something to do with, if anyone has any information or pics about harrison's corner please get in touch
thanks Tina
Posted by christine oldridge at 02/11/2007 00:08
does anyone know any information about the Oldridge family? My dad William Oldridge used to be a docker on Goole Docks. We lived in Queens Avenue where Tescos has been built.
Anyone with information please contact us
Posted by christine at 11/11/2007 15:21
hi daniel i knew your dad i was a oldridge we lived in queens ave st marks terrace were tescos is ask your dad if he rembers the bonfires we used to have on barnards square them houses near there
Posted by christine at 11/11/2007 15:40
sorry about that my grandson keeps coming online like i was saying the houses near there had central heating for the year like your dad i remember the copper kettle did your dad tell you about coca cola week? whitsun tide parades ask him if he remembers the bag pipes coming down the steet.
Posted by Peter, Newcastle at 22/11/2007 00:49
Anyone know where Aden Street was? My G/G Grandfather lived in No 5 in 19th c.
Posted by Christine Oldridge at 28/01/2008 19:54
Hey, my name is Christine Oldridge, too. I know that Oldridge's came from many of the British Chanel Islands, including Jersey. Sorry but that's about all I know...
Posted by jim at 24/02/2008 21:04
Peter newcastle I think you mean ADAM STreet see other attractions link on left then Aire St
Posted by susan stoker at 27/02/2008 14:57
Can any one tell me where Widdopp Street is or was? my great grandfather George Butterill lived there in 1901 according to the 1901 census. I think it was in Goole but it could be Rawcliffe.
Posted by bo crowder at 03/04/2008 12:44
hi Im researching my family history names Crowder, Bleasby and Oldridge in the swinefleet goole thorne and grimsby areas. I have a lot of info pre 1901 and my dad (george Crowder) was born in swinefleet area about 1926 but i have gaps in between and since. Anyone think they have a connection or information please e mail me thanks bo -
Posted by Gail at 10/05/2008 14:19
My gr gr grandfather was Reuben Ryalls (sometimes known as Lyalls) in 1841 his address was "The Docks, Goole" He, like his father William, was a waterman. The family lived and worked on barges until the 1920s. If anyone could tell me if houses still exist at the docks, I'd be really grateful!
Posted by sue watson nee collins at 27/05/2008 21:29
my grandad louis taylor drove the 1st bus over the newly biult boothferry bridge.he also worked on the r101 war balloon ship,and worked on the tom puddings.his wife ws called Ida their daughters were olive,phyllis,clarice,ida,1 son bob. he worked for the spastic society and went to the british legion. he filmed many legion and whitsuntide marches.I wish you could all see them they are ablast from the past!
Posted by Robert Ward at 28/05/2008 16:54
Would love to see your films, and I'm sure I'm not alone. Assuming you're talking cine rather than video, it's fairly easy to digitise them - all you need to do is project the films on to a screen and film with a digital video camera - sounds primitive but that's basically all the professionals do. Then you put them on YouTube and we all can then see them. This is how my uncle's films of Goole centre and the Whit walks were done, which Stuart then linked from YouTube to this site. (Alternatively, if they are on video, you can capture them by playing and re-taping them using digital video camera).
Posted by PAT at 10/06/2008 08:59
Hi i have lived in goole for over 37 years now i married a goolie lol, the town has changed so much in that time ,there were many shops ,and we had one cinema ,but now it is getting to be run down ,the council dont look after it any more the drains are never cleaned out and there is rubbish everywhere ,many shops are closed down and as for the kids in the town well most ppl wont go out after school closes at 3 pm any way thats my moan about goole x
Posted by Cynthia Barrett at 20/06/2008 19:26
I have lived here all my life(54Yrs) It has changed for the worst. I remember having 3 cinemas and the streets were clean. Now it has changed the streets are dirty they children have nowhere to go. People who want to go out to see a film have to go to Doncaster or Hull. It's about time that some of our older building had a face lift instead of building new eyesores. Why doesn't anyone listen to what the people of Goole really want in the town? We need another supermarket to give Tesco's a bit of competition. and some other amenities for the younger people of Goole as all they do is hang around the streets and get into trouble. LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE.
Posted by Judith W at 23/07/2008 21:10
Can anyone tell me where Rowbottoms Yard is? was? My GGrandfather was a waterman in the late 1800's and lived on Rowbottoms Yard
Posted by Janet Wheal at 14/08/2008 15:23
I'm also interested in the Oldridge family.

My Great Grandfather was born Joseph Oldridge in Goole 1867.

His father was John Oldridge,a Stevedore.

Were they related to the owners of the Lincolnshire Barge Company.
Posted by john yarbo howard at 27/09/2008 08:33
looking for old photo,s of gas house and capstan steet opposits vermuyden pub old goole
Posted by Tricia McLaughlin at 02/10/2008 20:52
I'm interested in any information about the family of Fred Shires (my great grandfather) born 1848 near Wakefield. He was a coal merchant who navigated the aAire Calder canal, living on Edinburgh Street, Hook for a while where my great grandmother was a grocer. His son Ernest was a ships carpenters apprentice in 1891. Fred had a second and third marriage to Mary Hattersley and Emma Storey, possibly from Goole.
Posted by Stacey at 18/10/2008 21:59
Does anyone know anything about Heber Terrace? Who built it & its history. Someone told me the very top floor was once used a school. Does anyone know if this is true? I'd be grateful for any info. Thanks
Posted by will at 25/10/2008 16:30
i visited goole in November of 2007. i must say i loved it. I do agree that there is nothing for the kids to do there. Your town is in need of some cosmetic work....but all in all , Goole is really wonderful. The library is small but friendly. the pedestrian walk thru the downtown is so beautiful. I tried to find work, but it is impossible for me because i have no papers to work there. I am trying to get a job there as gas fitter. Just remember that you can make your town better. Don't let it get like here in Chicago with no hope of recovering.
Posted by Gary Worton at 09/11/2008 00:24
Does anyone know, or even care for that matter, what became of the 120ft x 40ft building behind the football stands at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds?
It started off as a minority sports complex,circa early 1970's; spearheaded by the then Goole Judo Club, who formed an alliance with the Goole Weightlifting and Boxing club. It became known as the Goole and District Physical Training Association, during which time Karate was introduced to the Goole populace for the first time, care of the Hull Karate Club and hosted by the Goole Judo Club.
The idea was for these minority sports to gather under one roof and assist each other to gain recognition on a broader scale.
However, for one reason or another, interest waned and people drifted. The last I heard of the place, it had become one big Weight Training establishment, for which Dennis Philpot must take major credit!
Needless to say, the people who put the least into the venture were the first to split! Not enough in it for them, I guess.
Getting back to my initial question though, is the building still there, and if so, what is it used for now?
I can honestly say that it was a fine building, with changing and showering facilities for both genders, all supplied by volunteers of the original clubs.
I have often wondered what became of it. Anybody?
Posted by michael hughes. at 22/01/2009 20:05
i am looking for some information on my gt.grandad,his name was JOHN OGDEN.all i know is he was a waterman,last place i have on him is at his daughters marriage which was manchester year 1872.daughters name was mary ann and she wed joseph totton.i will be gratful for any information. thank you.
Posted by Charlotte Hursey at 17/02/2009 15:45
Empson Villa, Old Goole
I am trying to confirm the location of the above which was used as a school in the mid-late 19th century and was somewhere near The Groves and Duckels Buildings. I am wondering whether it was the building underneath what is now Old Goole Working Mens Club? Can anybody shed light on this or provide any documentary or photographic evidence? To be added to some research about the Reverend Edward Cragg Haynes, Vicar of Swinefleet, for local history purposes. Thank you.
Posted by Jack Newton at 18/02/2009 18:25
An Oldridge family lived in Phoenix St. fathers name was Charles (Chuck) daughter Jacqueline spent a lot of time at our house in Richard Cooper st.
Posted by mick at 06/05/2009 22:52
although goole has as many towns gone a little shabby round the edge at the end ov the day its home to us who live and love goole it has had a tough past and a tough future so lets not put it down but help to make it what it was and could be again thank you >mick
Posted by Sylvia McDonald at 21/05/2009 11:52
Seeking information on the bomb that was dropped on Jackson Street, Goole, during the second World War, which resulted in the death of Maria, not sure of her surname, but would like to know it. There is a possibility that we might be related.
The house was lived in by a great aunt, Jane Weekes, who survived the bombing.
Anyone who has any information on this incident or any information on either of these two people, please contact me via the following email address. <
thank you.
Posted by Steve at 18/06/2009 00:57
The lad you were relating to who threw bullets on a fire was John Stainton, I know I was there
Posted by Megan at 02/07/2009 11:55
goole is a very small but good place to live. i love living in goole it is really fun and if you think about it there is lots to do in your free time. i go to vemuyden. my best friends are sian, tigan and allisa they all go to vemuyden as well and think that goole is a very fun place to live...

goole is fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Rowland Ward at 30/08/2009 06:02
My GGGgrandfather was Thomas Wood who is listed in the 1828 census as living in George St Old Goole. My grandfather Samuel a ships carpenter arrived in New Zealand in 1864 aged 29 - He eventually had 15 children! He began building dingies and ended up with a substantial shipwrights Company. Samuel had two brothers and three sisters all listed as born in Goole. Am interested in info. on any follow-on descendants of the Wood family either still in Goole or where any others ended up emigrating too. Thanks
Posted by lynn at 02/12/2009 21:34
can any one tell me the name of the farm in carlton and the family name they also had a shop in the village in the mid 70s
Posted by elaine b at 06/12/2009 08:16
I am looking for a Dennis Broadhead.He is my dad.I am wishing to see him on good terms.He lives on Widop st,Goole but I dont know the st number.Can anyone tell me anything about him or pass my eMAIL onto
Posted by franl zeigler at 06/02/2010 13:48
i would like to no if any zeiglers lived in goole.i am looking to find anyone that can help me in my serch.if you no a zeigler have him or her e-maile me at
Posted by Krysia Wood at 16/02/2010 09:43
I am trying to find out anything at all about the Hearn family. They lived in Airmyn around 1890, also Hook. I live in Cornwall and do not know the area at all. My great grandmother Ada Ann Hearn, married Claude Jackson in 1908. Claude had lived at Hebar Terrace, does anyone know anything about this address, Beverley Cottages it was called. My great grandmothers father was named John hearn and he was a railway Horse Shunter. Her husband Claude, worked in a Timber merchant. Any information whatsover would be wonderful.
Posted by non of ur bezz wax at 18/03/2010 10:09
i like goole
Posted by Tristam Carson at 08/04/2010 19:45
My Father and I are researching our family history; does anybody know of the carson family of dunhill road circa 1950-60? Also the Crason family was made up of many brothers and sisters including Jack Carson bn 1914, Robert Carson born circa 1901 - We know my Great Grandmothers surname was Webb. Anyone who is a carson or knows a carson in Goole please get in touch
Posted by Elizabeth Powell at 25/04/2010 17:11
I was born in Goole in 1941. My father had a laundry there - can anyone tell me where it was, what it was called and what it is now please?
Also I believe a bomb dropped on a house in Clifton Gardens where I lived - and there was a prisoner of war camp there also - is that true?
And does anyone remember Mick Broderick, Ken Simpkin or Lou Orton?
I left there when I was four so memories aRE A BIT HAZY!
Posted by Tony Duckels at 19/05/2010 11:28
Reply to Ruth Ashman's posting of 21-03-2009.
I agree that my g g grandfather , John Clark Duckels was the brother of William. My records show that their father John married Jemima Clark at Whitgift on 27-02-1822. His father Thomas married Mary Durham 02-02-1795. Mary died 25-09-1801. the John we are interested in was born in the final quarter of 1798. christened possibly on 01-01-1799 Hook. Thomas married Ann Goulten 17-04-1804 Airmyn.
Prior to this 2 Thomas' exist, One married a Sarah Hawkes and the other a Sarah Priestly. Both of which had sons called Thomas. It is at this point that I am struggling at present. Sorry for the delay.
Tony Duckels
Posted by Tony Duckels at 26/05/2010 17:35
Further to my recent entry the 2 Thomas's I referred to are one and he initially married Sarah Priestly who died quite early in married life and later married Sarah Hawkes. Their son Thomas was married to Mary Durham and later to Anne Goulton. Can anyone relate to this or confirm same. Tony Duckels.
Posted by Mary Ingleby at 16/06/2010 10:29
I am doing my husbands family tree and would be very interested in anyone who can give me information on the Ingleby's and Branfords of Goole.

They both started off as crew then become Master Mariners and ended up according to the census as Lock keepers in Goole. I have been told by a relative that an Ingleby took over the operating of the Tug boats in Goole in the 1800's and wondered if anyone could elaborate on this? Alternatively let me know where I could find the information. Many thanks.
Posted by marjorie hardwick at 12/08/2010 21:22
hello elizabeth powell i cannot help you with some of your questions bu i can tell you their was pow camp it was on centenery road i know this as i lived there from the age of 2 to7 from 1947 to 1952 good luck with your other inquiries marjorie
Posted by Ven at 29/09/2010 20:34
Does anyone know of the Palmers who used to live in Jefferson Street Goole
Posted by Jackie Nelson at 12/12/2010 19:30
In reply to Sylvia McDonald I have some original paper cuttings of the bombing in Goole Maria Cole was my Great Great Grandmother her daughter my gran is still alive Maria I believe was acousin of Jane Weekes marias daughter my great grandmother Emma Cole was also injured I have visited Goole a few times when my gran was more able bodied and we visited the war memorial I would like Marias name added but I am nor sure how to go about it
Posted by Derek Teal at 05/02/2011 01:21
Does anyone know of any of the following Teal family or the ships
In the 1881 census George or (Geo) born Knottingley 1851 was
captain of 'Janes' of Goole an 84t schooner No. 4816 moored in
St. Austell, Cornwall and his brother Joseph born Knottingley 1853 was captain of 'Time' of Goole a 64t ketch No. 2624 moored alongside. In the 1891 census, 'George' was there again in a 'boat' named the 'Alliance' of Goole, his wife was Elizabeth Ann Teal nee Worfolk.
Posted by maca at 06/03/2011 17:48
i think that the starting history of goole at the begining of this page is wrong the river don ran into the river trent not the river aire from below thorne at thorne waterside
Posted by Ray Arnold at 08/03/2011 10:36
I have just noted the post by K Michael Thalemann at 22/05/2006 03:25 - so if he occasionally still looks at this page, here is a bit about the 'near silent' hydraulic machinery on the docks.

As a lad, instead of 'mis-spending' my time playing street football, I hung around the docks, including the Hydraulic Pumping Station near the Gas Works. Making friends with the operators on duty, (who were pleased to have someone to talk to, even me !), I even got to operate some of the machinery from time to time. (Health & Safety and Child Protection Agency officials would now be outraged / aghast, but who cares?)

From my memory, just about still functioning after "three score years and ten", I can recall that virtually all the coal hoists, lock gates, and capstans were operated by water at 900 pounds per square inch. This was literally 'hydraulics', a word now more usually associated with high pressure oil.

This hydraulic pressure was generated by using up to three hydraulic pumps at the Pumping Station, depending on the load requirements at any particular time. Busiest of course, with the greatest demand for high pressure water, were the periods 2 hours before High Water, and one hour after, when several lock gates might be in use, and some capstans. The water pressure in the system was kept as near 900 psi as possible by means on two "hydraulic accumulators" at the pumping station. These consisted of two enormous cylinders (about 10 feet diameter and perhaps 30 to 40 feet tall, and filled with concrete), laterally supported on vertical guide rails, but with their weight (around 100 tons each, if I recall correctly) was supported by a massive hydraulic ram. These "hydraulic accumulators" were normally kept well up in the air, because if there was a sudden and large demand for hydraulic power near tide time, the electrically-driven hydraulic pumps Nos 2 and 3 could not be instantaneously brought into line. (If I was throwing the big electrical switches, which took all my strength, it took a long time to get the extra pumps started!).
So the "hydraulic accumulators" quickly started a downward descent, in an attempt to maintain hydraulic pressure across Goole docks. Sometimes the extra hydraulic pumps could not be brought "on line" as quickly as was necessary to maintain pressure, and these 100 ton lumps of metal and concrete hit their bottom support at some speed, with a resounding jolt, which occasionally cracked windows in the nearby Gas Works offices.

I am amazed how much I have remembered after all these years, but I am sure that hanging about that Hydraulic Pumping Station as a kid was one of the things that lead me to a career as a professional engineer.

We sometimes refer nowadays to men as "playing with boy's toys". Back then, it was a case of "A boy playing with men's toys". "How cool was that", my Grandson would ask - "Pretty Cool", now that I think back !
Posted by Kevin John Oldridge at 26/05/2011 21:07
Further to tracing OLDRIDGE family history:

When my dad died 2years ago I spent a bit of time in Goole Library looking at family history just out of curiosity.

I found the following:

My father was George Arthur Oldridge (a docker)
His father was George William Oldridge <Joby> (a docker), one of 9 children (one called Joe born 1898).
Their father (my great grandfather) was called Joe born 1869 (a dock labourer). He married Emily J from Woodbridge, Suffolk.

In the 1891 census records for Goole there lived the following:
@ 8 Paradise Place (rear of current market hall)(all born Goole):
-John Oldridge (head) (Stevedore) born 1846 Goole
-Sarah oldridge (wife) born 1847 Goole
-Joe Oldridge born 1869 Goole (dock labourer)
-plus 6 other children aged 3 to 15years of age born Goole.

Next door to them @ 7 Paradise Place was:
-Wm oldridge (head) (dock foreman) born 1849 Crowle.
-Eliz oldridge (wife) born 1851 Crowle.
-Charles Seaton (son) born 1870 Crowle (dock labourer)
<perhaps Eliz remarried and this was her son by a 1st marraige?>
-plus 6 other Oldridge children aged between 1 year and 18 years of age (born Crowle, Snaith, Hull, Goole).
-plus Smith Seaton born 1864 (lodger, born Ellerker, dock labourer) younger brother of Eliz?.

This was perhaps John oldridge's brother's family?

I also briefly looked at the 1881 Census records and found an Oldridge family living at 10 Victoria Courts that originated from Keyburn (husband), Limerick (wife): plus children born Haverstock, Gravesend, Dartford, Hull. Obviously a family that travelled a bit!

That's as far as I got at the time, since then I have been too busy to follow up any further.

I would appreciate any added info if you have it.

Posted by bo crowder at 20/06/2011 21:13
Hi Kevin thanks for the info re oldrideg
e mail me with your address and I'll send you what I have
Best regards
Posted by David at 26/09/2011 17:33
I would like to contact Gail who posted the message below in 2008. I am also researching Reuben Ryalls/Lyalls/Lyal (he seems to have changed his name quite often) and would be interested in comparing research results. David

Posted by Gail at 10/05/2008 14:19
My gr gr grandfather was Reuben Ryalls (sometimes known as Lyalls) in 1841 his address was "The Docks, Goole" He, like his father William, was a waterman. The family lived and worked on barges until the 1920s. If anyone could tell me if houses still exist at the docks, I'd be really grateful!
Posted by Kath Sowerby at 20/10/2011 14:52
Does anyone remember the DVLA Driving Test Center in Goole? I actually passed my driving test there way back in 1978 but can find no mention of this Test Center either on this site or even by Google search. I believe it was somewhere near the Police Station.
Posted by Bill at 20/10/2011 23:44
Kath, I think you are right. I have a feeling it was just before you got to the entrance to the police station, part of the same building. I took my motorcycle test there in 1966. Pretty easy to pass in those days!
Posted by Robert Ward at 21/10/2011 09:45
It did seem anomalous that in the 1960s you could take your test in Goole where there were no roundabouts, no traffic lights and no hills. The best they could do to test your hill start was either on Mariners Street where there was a slight slope up to Stanhope Street (at the side of the triangular building that used to be the electricity board shop and offices) or as part of your three-point turn on a street with a more pronounced camber (it might have been Henry Street or Manuel Street). I seem to remember doing my distant number plate reading test in Aire Street, and wonder whether the centre was then in the employment exchange building (now the Jail House).
Posted by Keith at 21/10/2011 12:07
When I took my driving test you parked in Church Street as near to Campbell's Driving School office as possible . The Test Examiner walked over from the Council Offices and asked if you were the person on his test sheet. I remember he stated he owned the same car as me, a 1939 Standard Flying 9 which had crash gearing, so he was quite impressed when I doubled my clutch to change down. This helped stop the crunching on the gearbox when dropping a gear.
Posted by Kath Sowerby at 22/10/2011 11:50
Thanks to Bill, Robert and Keith for your answers. I, too can remember the Test Examiner with his sheet and a rather large grassy part in front of a nearby building (the Police Station?) I did not know Goole very well at the time, only driving round, before my test so the street names, I'm afraid, are lost on me. But after I passed my test and got a car I would often drive over to collect my husband from the docks. He was in the Merchant Navy and if the ship he was sailing on was in Goole then he could travel home and back to the ship. The same goes for when he was in Howdendyke, on the 'Resurgence' to name but one ship.
Posted by Robert Ward at 23/10/2011 11:14
Keith - yes come to think of it, it would have been in Church Street rather than Aire Street where I remember reading the number plate at the required distance, and the examiner probably from the Council buildings.
Posted by keith at 23/10/2011 19:17
I took my test in 1958 so possibly other test locations were used . The only other test centre I am aware of, was the one on Hook Road on the corner of Axholme Street. Which I think is now used by a Security Company.
Posted by caroline at 24/10/2011 11:33
I am looking for details of my mothers family. My great grandfather was John Pearson Wright and his wife Clara Phoebe Wright (their daughters were Edith and Lois born in 1911 and 1915) he was listed as a merchant seaman on one record we found and tug operator on another. We have a watercolour of a boat by Reuben Chappelle which we are told was my great great grandfathers but we have no further information about who he is and whether he was the owner or just captain of the boat. Anyone know any Wrights who might be related/can shed any light on my story I would love to hear from you
Posted by Janet Theaker at 12/11/2011 20:18
I went to school with a Barry Oldridge in the mid 60's..I believe he lived on Queensway.
Posted by Susan Geary at 14/11/2011 16:18
My sister an I are looking for anyone who may be related to the Scott's family they ran a farm in Hook around the 1900 to 1940's, the father and sons ran the farm and one of their daughters is our Aunite she is 99 years old and we would love to be able to tell her any information we can find. Thanks
Posted by Kevin John oldridge at 14/02/2012 19:32
FAO: Janet Wheal postings 7/7/2007 & 14/8/2008
Re: OLDRIDGE family

Just spotted these entries, hence the late response.
I don't know if you have found the information you were looking for but the data below might help your search.

My great grandfather was same as yours, Joe Oldridge born 1868/9 in Goole. As far as my information goes he had 9 children [6 sons+3 daughters]:

-Joe (born 1899)
-George William (known as Joby)(born 1903) [my grandfather]
-Sarah (born 1900)
-Laura A (born 1896)
-Emily J (born 1893)

As far as I am aware Joe did not have a son called George that drown in 1906. However, he did have a brother called George who was born 1888/9, which fits with the 17 years of age. Perhaps it was his brother, not son, that drown?

There is no ginger hair along our line as my grandfather was dark brown haired. We were never a close family group so I don't recall any of his brothers/sisters. However, my mum says many of my granddad's brothers/sisters had ginger hair. The link you were looking for.

I have also trawled the 1891 census records at Goole library and found Joe's parents entry, as follows:

Husband- John oldridge (born 1846)
Wife-Sarah (born 1847)
Son-Joe (born 1869) [our mutual great grandfather]
Daughter-Sarah (born 1876)
Son-Jno? (born 1878)
Daughter- Clara (born 1881)
Daughter- Alice (born 1882)
Son- Chas (born 1884)
Son- George (born 1888)

They all lived at 8 Paradise Place, Goole and were all (including parents) noted as born in Goole.

Next door to them at 7 Paradise Place was another OLDRIDGE family: William (head), Eliz (wife), Charles Seaton- aged 21(son!!), John (son), Florence (daughter), Fred (son), Rosey (daughter), Arthur (son), Eva (daughter), Smith Seaton-aged 27 (lodger!!).
My assumption is that this family were related to our mutual great great grandparents, brothers perhaps.

I don't know if there is any link to the shipping owners you were looking for. My dad is no longer alive to ask, but one of his cousins is. I see him quite regularly, so I will ask the question next time I see him.

Hope this helps.
Posted by Janet Wheal at 02/03/2012 21:46
Hello Kevin
Have just seen your message with regard to our Oldridge family line.
If you would like to e mail me,we can hopefully exchange info'
I have various Certificates of Marriage ,Births and Deaths plus copies of Newspaper report into the drowning of George are right,he was Joes Brother,Son of John and Sarah ( nee Pickersgill ) Oldridge.Joes Daughter Laura was my Grandmother.
Janet .
Posted by Janet Wheal at 02/03/2012 21:59
Further to my previous message.
Albert Guest has my address if you wish to contact me,as I see my e mail is not shown.I remember Uncle Joby and Aunty Sis' your step Gran,very well.

Posted by Kev Oldridge at 04/03/2012 12:16
FAO: Janet Wheal
Good Morning Janet. It is very nice to hear from you.

I regret your surname is not one I recognise but I think I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, we were never a close family group despite us having a lot of relatives living in Goole. In fact I only found out Albert Guest was one of my Dad's cousins a couple of years ago.

My email address is :"".

My mum will be pleased you have reponded because she is very keen on family history. She has been asking if anything came of my earlier posts. It is very generous of you to send me copies of your information. I am sure it will fill in the many gaps I have.

If you send me a short note I am very happy to email you back scanned copies of what I have in my records. I dont have that much information and it mainly consists of data extracted from Goole Library census records. I sat in there quite a long time poring over all the microfiche records and noted down details for every related surname I came across. Perhaps it is information you already possess but there may be something you find useful.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes
Posted by margaret at 11/07/2012 01:01
To Christine Oldridge.
Did you know Richardsons electical on Pasture Rd.
Posted by JILL LOVE at 26/08/2012 14:35
BONNETT-CHARLESWORTH family. Has anyone any info on these families. My gr.grandmother JANE BONNETT m GEORGE DANIEL BONNETT from Springthorpe. His parents were Daniel / Elizabeth. They had a few children. Jane then met THOMAS GLEW CHARLESWORTH (not married). He worked as a farm hand for JOSEPH TEMPERTON. Jane was born in Lincoln but buried @ Whitgift, Goole. Thomas is buried in Scunthorpe, Lincs. George I have no info about. I also have a photo of Jane.
Posted by Janet at 09/01/2013 17:42
I lived in Goole from birth until 1999 (now Doncaster) I also remember the DVLA test centre just off Hook Road - after my 3rd test the examiner said 'Do I recognise you from somewhere' I replied 'Yes - you were my last examiner and failed me' He passed me this time though !
Posted by Dennis Roe at 08/02/2013 00:56
I'm looking for Keith Scott from Goole aged 67?.......can anyone help?
Posted by ian sagar at 31/03/2013 15:28
Part of my family moved to goole from mexborough in south yorkshire.
There surname was Drakeley, don't know if any one has any info
on them.
i understand Jill Love from Goole may be related
Posted by H.M.D at 28/08/2013 03:28
Just found a piece of sad history of Goole. 9-10 August 1915 Five Zepplins L.9, L.10, L.11, L.12, and L.13, set out to attack London and the Humber.
L.9 (Loewe) bombed Goole, Yorkshire, killing 16 people. I have no knowledge of casualties names or property damaged. H.M.D.
Posted by Paul at 28/08/2013 10:44
A brief description of the attack is described under The Cenataph and two posters on 20/10/2010 and 20/11/22010 give a list of those killed.In the search box type zeppelin attack and The Cenataph link will appear.
Posted by H.M.D. at 01/09/2013 12:03
I was unaware this historical information was so easily within reach. I am not a local resident.
Thank you
Posted by Michaela Reeves (Patricia White/Bianchi) at 03/02/2014 13:52
Im looking for anyone that new my family in goole in the 40/50/60's. My granddad was Luigi Anthony White (bianchi) and owned Whites ice cream and used to push his cart around Goole - my Mum is Patricia White (bianchi) who went to goole grammar in 1953 - 1958. would be nice to out her in touch with some old friends and also get any photos of my granddad. Thanks
Posted by Tony Clyne at 10/02/2014 15:29
To Michaela Reeves I remember your granddad with his ice cream cart, if you go through the comments on the other pages listed down the left hand side you will find him mentioned quite often but no body seems to say anything about the hot chestnuts he did in winter, there was a grate in front of the market with a gas tap in which he connected to. I was at GGS same time as your mum 53/58 nobody had hair as black as Pat if she remembers my dad hired out washing machines and then went into furniture removals (John Clyne). I also went to sea and sailed with Ron Snead who would be your uncle as he was married to your mums elder sister (can`t remember her name) if you look on the ships page in my recent comments you will see I mentioned him amongst the people I sailed with + he sailed with most of the others. Hope this helps you a little, regards to your mum whether she remembers me or not my name was Anthony in those days. Bye.
Posted by Phil Gray at 13/02/2014 10:15
One of my strong memories of growing up in Goole was White's ice cream cart in summer. Not sure of his route just know that the walked down the lane way at the back of Marshfield Avenue. Also remember the roasted chestnuts sold in winter at the market place - if I remember correctly he had prime position on Boothferry Road. Long time ago about 1960 - 1966 when we left Goole.
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 16/02/2014 23:20
I was at GGS from 1950 to 1955 and your mum would be a trifle younger than me. I was always interested in Electronics and used to be involved with the the stage lighting and the amplification of music for all the shows dances etc that were put in those days.
I left Goole in 1955 to study electronics at Malvern and only returned to visit the place and see my parents and brother Trevor Spink.
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 16/02/2014 23:22
I also remember buying chestnuts from your father too
Posted by bryan drakeley at 01/03/2014 13:06
living in goole grandad alan drakeley great grandad benny
Posted by bryan drakeley at 01/03/2014 13:08
ithats for ian sagar at 31/03/2013 15:28
Posted by Glenys Aykroyd at 06/04/2014 15:19
Hi, I have lived in Goole all my life, born in maternity home and lived in Seavy road before moving to Charles drive. I now live in hook. My mum told me she used to live in coronation street in a nissen hut when she first got married in 1949. Does anyone know anything about this. I can find anything on line. She also said they had been used as a prisoner of war camp. Thanks. Glenys
Posted by Keith at 06/04/2014 20:13
Thats correct Coronation St camp was originally a prisoner of war camp . After the war the camp was used for temporary housing , whilst I believe, the council houses were built .
Posted by Paul at 06/04/2014 21:04
Hi Keith
Didn't know about the camp on Coronation Street. Did find a map indicating pow sites nationally but that one wasn't included. It did show one on Centenary Road/Clifton Gdns flanking Tennyson Street. I think this is incorrect and was the other side of Clifton Gdns behind Briarcroft up to 57 with the High School playing fields to the west and fronting Centenary Road.I don't think I can remember the buildings but I do the bases.
Do you recall nissen huts on this site?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 07/04/2014 12:09
Iremember the Mariner street Pow camp and many of the inmates who roamed freely. They were allowed in the picture houses for we became friendly with some who paid for us to go in. They ere issued with dictionaries to help with conversations I still remember some of the basic phrases and found them useful when holidaying in our favourite holiday place Italy.These men were not allowed in the Public Baths so ultimately ended up using the Locks The sound of their singing around a campfire at night still lingers in my memory.The Barber Angelo Palmerone stayed in Goole and became the favourite for trendy teenagers
Posted by Keith at 07/04/2014 18:10
Hi Paul,

Yes your correct the camp was sited behind Briarcroft Hotel ( which was not there at that time ,constructed later from a private property ) and the Grammar school field , which now is part of the school. There were Nissan huts on both these camps which were used by both POW's people from Goole
Posted by marjorie hardwick (nee waite) at 07/04/2014 20:01
i keith pleased to hear someone mention the pow camp you are quite correct about the siting of it i lived on their from 1947 till 1952 till we were allocated a council house in kent road we had very happy memories i remember the quarmbies the tunes rather a large family the marwoods some other names fail me but it is a long time ago all the best marj i have lived in somerset for 51 years
Posted by Paul at 07/04/2014 21:17
Hi Keith
Thanks for your reply.
I moved to Clifton Gardens in about 1952 but can't recall the huts just the bases. Between the pow site and to the rear of what is now Briarcroft was a two storey building with garage on the gound floor and a large room above where the cubs and scouts met. Adjacent to no.47 and between briarcroft was an area of scrubland which I see now has a single storey building for the guides on it.
I also recall the building of the bungalows on the opposite side of the road which put paid to the short cut to Milton and Byron Streets.
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 12/04/2014 22:52
My family moved to Goole in 1948 just before Christmas and I can remember the Nissan huts at the top of Mariners Street opposite what was then the YEB showroom and office. They were all rehoused fairly quickly and the camp was empty by around 1953. There was a dire housing shortage at the time and I worked after school in the original part of the town in North Street, under the shop was a flat and above the shop was a flat which were both occupied by tenants. However they were classed as sub standard accommodation and they too were eventually rehoused
Posted by gary grant at 21/05/2014 21:26
went back to my mams house in old goole,and noticed another wind farm had gone up on goole fields, goole is now surrounded with these wind farms, and now all the dock cranes have gone are they going to be the symbol of goole
Posted by Paul at 21/05/2014 23:39
Hope you like the "windmills" as "Planners have recommended approval of RWE plans for a 17-turbine extension at the Goole Fields wind farm in the East Riding of Yorkshire".
Posted by Anon Old Codger 70 Plus at 14/08/2014 23:20
Goole Has a lot of history,this history is held by our older generation and must be shared with our younger generation,so please pass on this history to your Grandchildren for the sake of posterity,if it dies with you it's gone forever,we all wish we had asked more questions about our past generations when it's to late hindsight is the only exact science so keep this in mind and keep our history alive.

Anon Old Codger 70 Plus
Posted by Dave Haldenby at 22/10/2014 22:54
I have been doing a bit of digging into my family tree and now need a little help.
My great grandfather on my mums side was the landlord of the Jolly Sailor at 186 Hook Rd in the 1891 census and his son married my grand mother who was the daughter of the secretary of the Goole Steamship co, they lived at 1 Belgravia Goole.
ive looked for that with no luck and cant find any reference to the pub either.
Any help would be appreciated
Posted by keith at 23/10/2014 21:20
Belgravia is sited between the Halifax bank and the new pawn brokers shop on Boothferry Road now the pedestrianized area .It takes you through to Stanhope Street. Regards the pub not heard of that one in Hook or Goole , think Skelton had one though.
Posted by michaela reeves bianchi at 27/05/2015 13:36
Hi tony clyde (anthony)not been on for a while as mum (patricia Bianchi) died and its been a tough few weeks - I did remember you too her and she remembered you :-( she is now with granddad bianchi eating ice cream in heaven xxxxx
Posted by Tony Clyne at 06/06/2015 12:29
Hi Michaela, I had heard of your mum passing away, was sorry to hear it, I see somebody used my Sunday name must have been her.
Posted by Karin Ronis at 06/08/2015 22:22
contact me re Goodare family,
Sarah - my mum is Avril Goodare, sister of Amos, Clive and others
Posted by Sarah Collins at 06/08/2015 22:24
Sorry, showed you as contact instead of me!!!

Posted by Sarah Collins at 06/08/2015 22:26
Sorry, showed you as contact instead of me!!!

Posted by Sarah Collins at 06/08/2015 22:27
Karin -
Posted by Brian bacon at 31/01/2016 04:40
Goole use to be my home port when I was on the ships.And I happened friends with a girl named Edith. Cannot remember her last name though. I belive she married a lad who lived on the the farm near the docks.Is she still around.
Posted by tom Proctor at 02/09/2016 20:03
i lived in Goole from 1940 - 1959
i spent a year 1952 in an EX POW camp in Coronation Street
There was 30 Nissen huts converted to temporary housing prior to getting a council house
I lived at No 30 next to the road
They were very warm and comfortable:
Posted by Victoria Murray at 26/09/2017 12:34
Would anyone have anymore information on POW camps in Goole. I am seeking more info on my dad's family. His mum was Ada Steggall nee Penistone. His father was rumoured to be one of the Italian prisoners of war. Would anywhere keep lists of Italian POW, or have any information on any Italian POW who may have remained in Goole after war had ended.
Posted by Keith at 26/09/2017 17:26
Hi Tom Proctor,

Are you a retired Army Major ?
Posted by Paul at 28/09/2017 21:57
Victoria. Can't really help you but in addition the POW site Tom (above refers to) there was one (as I was led to believe) on Centenary Road. Whether it was for Italians I don't know. If you go to google maps and on satellite look at the junction of Clifton Gardens and Centenary Road you will see the Beecroft Hotel and a terrace of 4 houses.The site of the POW camp was behind is now indicated as Goole Academy. I lived in Clifton Gardens until 1954 and the site had nissen huts on it and I played on the foundations..
Posted by Patricia Spink at 30/09/2017 18:41
Hi Victoria,Is your dad Christopher Steggall?If so, ask if he remembers my Nanna, Esther Watson?.She lived next door to him in Grange Road.
Posted by Patricia Spink at 01/10/2017 10:53
The Italian POW camp was in the Mariner Street area of Goole at the back of the pleasure grounds on the old fair ground site.I asked my mum(90 now) if she knew of any remaining POW's but she could not remember any being around after the war.The worked on the farm passed Grange Road and passed her door every morning going to work on the land.
Posted by Patricia Spink at 01/10/2017 10:55
FAO Tom Proctor
Do you remember Harold Thompson that lived in the Nissan hut row you mentioned?He was my mum's cousin and I am in touch with his son Barry,who still lives in Goole.
Posted by Paul at 02/10/2017 20:40
Hi Patricia. It's odd that English Heritage have not identified the location you refer to in their list of POW sites in the UK but have included Centenary Road. With regard the latter they don't know the precise location so hope they see my post above 'cos I know were it was!!!. lol
Posted by Patricia Spink at 03/10/2017 18:31
Hi Paul,
If you have a copy of Susan Butlers book Goole a Pictorial history Volume 4 on page 50 there is a photo of the camp and a piece explaining all about it.Goole library will have a copy for you to look at also.
Posted by Paul at 05/10/2017 14:18
Hi Patricia. Thanks for the info.Will also have to get out Mike Marsh's 3 volumes of "Goole at War" and see if there is anything in there as well.
Posted by Patricia Spink at 05/10/2017 18:50
Hi Paul,I checked Mike's books, but did not find anything in there.Boothferry Local History Group are having an open day on 11th November at Goole Library and there may be some more photos there.Gilbert Tawn has a good collection of local photos,if you are interested?
Posted by Paul at 07/10/2017 15:18
Hi Patricia. Thanks for looking. I also went through the 3 volumes and like you found nothing.Unfortunately I live in Essex so unlikely to be able to go to the event in the library Up and until 2015 I had 17 years of travelling to watch Hull City with a 400 mile round trip so I'm worn out now. lol Will see if my local library can get hold of Susan Butler's book.I did have correspondence with her about 5 years ago when trying to work out the direction of flight for the plane that dropped 4 bombs on Goole in 1942.Unfortunately she was unable to help but had raised it with her friends without success.
Posted by Patricia spink at 07/10/2017 17:42
Hi Paul,If you email me at I will send you a message regarding this subject.
Posted by Victoria Murray at 07/10/2017 21:08
Thank you for your comments. Patricia, Christopher is not my dad, but I believe possibly my uncle. My dad was born to Ada Steggall, but given up for adoption at birth. Any information anyone may have on the family would be much appreciated
Posted by Corby Bunting at 08/10/2017 09:30
Paul. If you are the same Paul that is the son of Mrs. Triggs, one time music teacher at the Modern School.Her name came up in a recent conversation had with a friend whilst visiting in his home in Airmyn Although a little younger than I He can recall her teaching him at Airmyn's junior school.Before he went to the Modern School. I know that this was before your time. ut just wondered if you knew that she taught there.
I also spent time in Airmyn visiting another old friend. Who now resides at the Old Vicarage rest home.George Smith.Hero of the Arctic convoys.Now 96 and still going strong A mine of information on all things Goole related
Posted by Paul at 08/10/2017 12:37
Hi Corby. My mother would have started at the Modern School in September 1948 as I was enrolled at Boothferry Road one month shy of my fourth birthday. I am not aware of her teaching in Airmyn but if she had it would have been prior to 1944 when I was born.Will message my younger sister to see if she has any information.
Posted by Paul at 08/10/2017 12:39
Hi Patricia. I have messaged you. Thanks.
Posted by Paul at 08/10/2017 23:35
Hi Corby. I messaged my sister but she can't recall my mother working there except it may have been her first post after leaving Bingley Training College which as I previously posted
would have to have been pre-1944.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 09/10/2017 09:59
Hi Paul I will contact my friend in Airmyn. As he is a stickler for dates and still has a good memory. There may be more.But here is a coincidence. I spent the summer of '41 in Bingley,sleepy hollow mk2 My sister married there whilst working in the mills. Her husband was fighting in Burma.So I was there to keep her company in their home .She returned to Goole where her son Barry Wilkinson was born on the King's birthday.
Posted by Victoria Murray at 09/10/2017 11:59
Hi Patricia. If your Nanna can remember anything about the Steggalls, it would be really lovely to hear.
Posted by Patricia Spink at 09/10/2017 17:05
Hi Victoria,
My nanna is dead now but my mum is still alive at 90.She remembers Ada very well.Can you email me on as I will have some info you may not want shared on here.
Posted by Hi patricia at 09/10/2017 20:24
Posted by Victoria murray at 09/10/2017 20:25
Posted by Victoria Murray at 09/10/2017 20:34
Hi Patricia....thank you for your reply. I've just sent you an email. Look forward to hearing from you.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 12/10/2017 08:59
Hi Paul According to my mate all dates coincide
on a lighter note he related to me n incident that took place whilst as a boy living on a farm It was harvest time and working on the farm was a German POW This man had a very hairy chest Intrigued by this my mate asked how he could grow hairs on his chest
The German told him to pick up what the geese were dropping.! Then using only the green part .Smear his chest with it
My mate became quite unpopular because of the Pong!!
Posted by Corby Bunting at 21/01/2018 11:49
Hi. I usually know where I was at any moment of my life. But an incident happened I do not know when or how it came about.Which I need help with.The venue was a large dining hall within the Baths building the entrance was to the rear.For a week I was allocated tokens Red, black and silver.for a three course meal per day
Can anyone recall any of this?.As my family was always self sufficient.I have no idea and it is annoying me. Any ideas?
Posted by Keith at 03/02/2018 10:09
Hi Corby, What year was this?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 03/02/2018 12:19
Hi Keith, As my mother died in 1943.I think after that date. It has been suggested that it may have been the Drill Hall.But I would have known this. The Rotary club as also being suggested as I used to go to Christmas parties organised by them. but there were far too many children there,issued with tokens. I do not think mt father would have allowed me to be a charity case anyway
Posted by Peter Buttrick at 05/06/2021 15:33
Does anyone remember Joe Buttrick (docker) Belton Buttrick (chief shipwright) from 1950's till 1970's
Posted by janet porter at 14/08/2021 10:18
Does anyone know the reason Paradise Place, Goole was so named?
Posted by John Jessop at 09/11/2021 16:16
Ford garages in Goole. I recall a large almost garage opposite the Tower Theatre which extended through to Estcourt Street. Can anyone recall what year it ceased operation and became a tyre dealer? The Carlisle Street frontage is closed off now and most of the building is occupied by Carlisle diy with entrance on Estcourt Street.
Posted by Bill at 10/11/2021 23:06
It was certainly there when the new Ford Anglia with the unusual sloping back window was introduced - remember seeing one in the. showroom. (I think the building may have been damaged by a falling bomb or aeroplane during WW2).
Posted by Keith at 11/11/2021 18:25
Think it was the " Rainbow " Ford garage ,also I think when it closed they moved to Boothferry Rd opposite to Corneleus Parish which is now part of Wilko. The building that Rainbow had would have been around 1965/7 ,it was knocked down and now Kwick Fit occupy the site . Hope my memory is correct.
Posted by Paul C. at 13/11/2021 16:07
The garage opposite the Tower was originally Wardles who were also at Howden.
Posted by Janet at 11/05/2022 13:52
Does anyone know any interesting facts about Heber Terrace, Old Goole? I understand it is if historical significance and that no 20 was once home to a famous sea captain. Any more info welcome J
Posted by Keith at 11/05/2022 16:23
Hi Paul C,
I thought Wardles Garage was on the corner near the old Burtons Factory. I think Triad motors are there now and the filling station.
Posted by Paul C. at 16/05/2022 11:45
Hi Keith, rest assured Wardles garage was certainly opposite the Tower in Carlisle St. The garage you are refering to was Kennings I believe. Rainbow took over Wardles and eventually built a new garage where Kwik Fit are located now,
Posted by Keith at 16/05/2022 17:56
Hi Paul,
Yes I stand corrected , you are right . Getting on a bit now and the old grey matter sometimes needs a tweak .

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