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Posted by Robert Ward at 02/06/2005 23:45
Wasn't Goole once twinned with Gibraltar? What happened to that? I guess they weren't good enough for us.
Posted by Ben Brown at 04/06/2005 20:56
Zlotow? Where the hell is Zlotow? Just down the M62 mate.
Posted by Laura Walker at 06/06/2005 16:28
Nice to see local sites, Laura (Howden)
Posted by Miriam Marimara at 06/06/2005 17:08
Is Goole somewhere near Manchester?
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 07/06/2005 08:05
It depends on your point of view. If you live in the USA, then yes, it's near Manchester. If you live in Leeds, then no, it's not. See the 'where is it?' page for a map.
Posted by Magdalena at 21/06/2005 21:46
I am from Poland and I know Zlotow very well, it's a very nice place though :) I am very suprised that Goole and Zlotow are somehow connected. My boyfriend lives in Goole and he is not very happy, he is from South Africa and he doesn't have any friends there.
Polish girl :) xxx
Posted by Sally at 04/07/2005 18:38
I'm looking for town unofficial websites like the crazy one in Franklin, Maine (USA) where we have a summer home. The assignment this week is to find other unofficial town websites and if you know of any in England or abroad that are particular wild and crazy (like ours), please let me know. (I do not agree with the politics of our unofficial website but it's often hilarious, especially if you know what downeast Maine is like). (I'm from Connecticut).

Love the name of your town.
Posted by Michelle Craig at 27/07/2005 07:28
I was born in Goole in 1969, I now live in Perth Western Australia my Grandparents still live in Goole. It's wonderful to look at this website to see how Goole is developing. It also brings back a lot of childhood memories of walking some of the streets that are pictured.
Posted by rich at 27/08/2005 22:10
iam lookin for some old train photos of goole this site has a few any more out there thanks
Posted by Gary MASTERMAN at 29/08/2005 20:59
I was born in Wakefield, where the eldest of everyone from Goole was born, in 1952. I came to Australia in 1969 but have been "repommyfied" several times since. This site is great to browse through, looking at photos, maps and familiar names. Kind of makes one feel homesick. Don't miss the weather though.
Posted by Hannah at 31/08/2005 15:45
I am a local teen that goes to the local school, and I have actually been on a trip to Zlotow in Poland and it is really nice!
Goole was never twinned with Gabraltar, we wanted to be twinned with them but they didnt want us! lol.
Poland is much nicer!
Hannah xxx
Posted by Robert Ward at 02/09/2005 23:01
Goole most definitely *was* twinned with Gibraltar, in 1969 to be precise, and you can read an account of how this came about on page 4 of the Goole Times of August 25th 2005. Further evidence of the twinning is the existence of Gibraltar Court in Goole, and two buildings in Gibraltar - Goole House, and George Jeger House named after the Goole MP of the time. The article mentions that the twinning arrangement faded away after a few years, to be replaced more recently with the Zlotow pairing, although I recently noticed there is no mention of Zlotow on the new Goole road signs.
Posted by Adrian Adlington at 07/09/2005 05:05
Nice to read about Goole, where I lived and worked, 1990 - 2005. I am now settled in Louisville Kentucky, USA. Interesting to see the lengths some people will goto to have a change of scene....... Hi to everyone at the jailhouse......
Posted by daniel smith at 27/09/2005 08:17
goole is a great place, like any other place you have good and bad points, to be honest we are a famous town...and another fact...GOOLE IS THE FURTHEST INLAND PORT IN THE WORLD!!! isnt that cool..look it up!!!
Posted by maggie at 27/09/2005 22:28
Nice to read about the old town. I lived in Goole for too many years but now live in a quiet bit of France where there is no crime and the only drugs you get are from the doc. I will say that I will come back to Goole to see my sister next year (wonder how long I will stay?) Let's see, the Limousin or the haute-goole? Sorry, Limousin wins but Goole is full of very nice peeps.

All the best

Maggie, Martin and the girls le bellerive peyrat-le-chateau xx
Posted by chris at 05/10/2005 16:09
This is very important for English learner. I was grateful for this, thank you very much.
Posted by philip haynes at 21/10/2005 20:21
Great to hear that Goole is still on the map and thriving.
My mom was born in Goole and nearly every summer we took the trip from Birmingham to Goole to visit my Grandparents.
It took about 5 hours on the coach, that was back in the 60's.
I'll always remember everyone had a bike, not like Birmingham where it was a bit risky venturing out in traffic on a bike.
My grandparents lived at 45 Richard Cooper Street, which was quite near the docks. You could hear the gulls in the evening before we fell asleep. I was about 8 or 10 then.

My grandfather had been a ship's captain or master mariner I think it was called, a real whisky drinking Scot. To be honest we were a bit in awe of him but he wouldn't have hurt a fly.

We always went to see Goole town play, can never remember if they won or lost the matches we saw, but it was good fun anyway.

It was nice to see that Goole is still going strong. I live in Denmark now in a town called Holstebro. It resembles Goole in many ways, in size and the amount of bikes and the friendly people.
Posted by samantha eldin at 31/10/2005 12:13
Hi, it's nice to see Goole is still on the map, even thought its only a little place. It can be a nice place to live I have lived here for 20 years. It has changed a lot. Hope you enjoyed reading about Goole as much as i did.
Posted by Brian Melia at 31/10/2005 17:06
I was married in Goole sadly divorced and moved back to my roots Liverpool, still trying to contact my children Nathan and Brogan Melia, but keep getting stonewalled if anyone can help please contact
Posted by Jimnbob at 04/12/2005 19:41
Well done on an amusing and yet quite interesting insight into Goole.
Im now pointing anyone who asks about Goole toward the site.
Well done again,,,,

Posted by balkholme billys lost friend at 06/12/2005 03:16
is balkholme billy still messing around ?
and nutty graham ?
and the tits twins ?
goole is full of em...
Posted by Adrian adlington at 24/12/2005 18:50
Happy christmas to the people of Goole, From Kentucky USA
Posted by paula at 25/12/2005 00:48
I have lived in Goole for over two years - what nice (local)people, what an interesting town- I'm never going to leave.
Posted by hassan mndeme at 25/12/2005 15:23
keep it up, by the way u r so much gud guys.
Posted by Clive Robinson at 26/12/2005 05:54
I lived in Goole until emigrating to New Zealand in 1964 I still come back to Goole quite often to see my mother and family, there's nothing better than travelling on the M18 and catching a view of the two water towers it makes you speed up to get to Goole. I did all my schooling at Goole and have fond memories of supporting Goole Town. I lived in Pasture Rd and when I come back to Goole I can't get over how narrow the road is.
The first thing I do is buy some teacakes and a good Goole made pork pie as you can't get decent pork pies in New Zealand and they dont make teacakes
email mine is the other way round my email is
goole@ and I keep getting it advertised as google.
Posted by Daniel Gibson at 04/01/2006 14:54
on the tricky quiz you have asked the following question
what is the name of this street?

you have given the answers:

Fountayne Street

and you have said that Kingsway is correct but the street is actually Lime Tree Avenue and i know this because i live there, and kingsway has no trees at all. You can also tell that the street is Lime Tree Avenue because the picture has been taken from Kingsway Bridge.
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 06/01/2006 15:00
Well done for spotting the deliberate mistake in the quiz
Posted by sam at 28/01/2006 21:41
i ave lived in goole all my life its a great place
Posted by john phillips at 29/01/2006 11:18
What about all the characters from Old Goole? Are there any out there living abroad?
Posted by Hetty Ursinus at 19/02/2006 19:10
It was a big surprise for me to find the site of Goole Times, I have visited Goole a couple of times. It's a lovely small quite place, I will keep in touch with the Goole Times, it has made my day a lot happier, My best friend and husband live in Goole,
Lots of love to you all
from Hetty Ursinus in Heteren Holland.
Posted by Tricia at 20/02/2006 22:50
Trying to find info on rellies who lived in 25 Clifton Gardens Goole. Do you know any Purvis's in this area? Do you know anything about a potato merchant who had his office on Goole station?
Posted by Jeffrey M. Stevens at 26/02/2006 21:08
I have been surfing the Goole site and came across this Newsgroup site, how long have this site been up?
Posted by Goole Action Group c/o The Chairman, Dock Gallery at 07/03/2006 13:37
Would Philip Haynes who posted comment about maternal grandparents/master mariner's family living at 45 R.C. Street last October, like to let the webmaster know their name. Does he know their old home is to be demolished. ??
Posted by pedro at 12/03/2006 00:54
Reply to Daniel
Alas Goole is not the furthest inland port in the world.but it is in britain.In the world try IQUITOS peru blimey you sail the length of the amazon
Posted by pedro at 12/03/2006 01:10
as grandad says on only fools and horses(during da war)We had in Goole a local character called Percy Woolass.Who got the job of pasting bill posters all over town.The posters read AWAKE your country needs You.Alas Percy put them all over town including the walls of the Cemetery:)
Posted by Janet Wheal at 23/03/2006 15:55
I've enjoyed looking at your website, having to smile about some of the less than flattering comments about Goole. My Mother was born in Goole and I have many happy memories of holidays visiting my Grandparents Edwin and Laura Law ( sadly now deceased ) I came back last year, while up North, nostalgia time!
Don't worry Goole,I know where you are,and I like you !
J.W.Swindon Wilts.
Posted by Michael Taylor at 03/04/2006 12:49
I love goole it is awesome the most down to earth place i have ever been to and is full of traditional yorkshiremen SUPERB
Posted by Ashley Christie at 03/04/2006 12:56
My family are from goole both sides one from old goole and one from near the town centre i have had to laugh at some of the comments none of my friends know anything about it so it is good to show them all the places ive seen where my parents grew up i think its mad with all the predominantly old people and broad accents
Posted by chris shepherdson at 05/04/2006 19:02
goole is a good place i love it there i went to the local schools and it is great and it is quite frendly
Posted by Richard at 07/04/2006 11:49
Am I right in thinking Goole is an Anglo Saxon term for "Open Sewer"?
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 08/04/2006 15:27
The name Goole is mentioned...

in a medieval lawsuit referring to the "juntion of a drain (goul) with the Ouse" - JD Porteous

marked as Gula in 1362, Golflete in 1552, Goule in the 17th Century "which is probably French in origin and means 'a hollow or creek in a deep river'" - B&M Chapman

Gowl in the 17th Century - J Mankowska

"Goole was once the name for a small stream or ditch" -

Pay your money and take your choice. My old school teacher used to refer the 'open sewer' which in effect that's all a drain was, so that's the one used on this site.
Posted by GOOLE ACTION TREASURER at 18/04/2006 06:15
Don't forget that the one and only sewer in Goole's port dev. was the Hook Drain, that meandered through all the low fields either side of what is now the Hull rail line. And eventually formed the divide along North Street, before it was covered in, to empty into the river at what is now Lock Hill. So sluggish was it, due to low ground, that it must have been a health hazard. Also the Goole drain across what is now the Dutch River was used as a sewer too when housing first erected between the Ouse and Swinefleet Road.
Posted by Stanley Mal Kirk at 03/05/2006 12:04
Couldn't wait to leave Goole. Stayed there for over a year a few years back and have been told it's not improved. The local media will try to portray a different image, but Goole won't get any better. It does have some excellent buildings, but it's biggest drawback is it's people with their negative and insular attitude. Until they learn to evolve they'll continue to make this place a laughing stock. In most towns in the UK a large influx of immigrants would not be a bad thing, but in Goole it would help to combat the parochial attitude that's been allowed to fester for far to long. If anyone from the education department from the local council happens to read this, they should take heed of the sort of people that the one senior school in the town is turning out. To those that disagree with my comments I'll ask one question. Why is that the towns and villages surrounding Goole are increasing their population figures and yours is dropping? Think about it. Could it be that anyone that's ambitious, forward thinking and wants to bring their children up in a better enviroment feels they have no choice but to leave Goole.
Posted by GOOLE ACTION TREASURER at 03/05/2006 17:53
I shall be interested to know who shares the view of Goole as negative and insular - there is probably a lot of truth in that - the brightest sparks leave and an influx of others whether non-English speaking immigrants, the mentally ill, or the physically disabled, does skew the balance between people who can help themselves and those who stay. Educational standards are not what they were even a generation ago but who sets the standards?
When there is a high level of dependence upon the state, the town is bound to find it more and more difficult to drag itself out of the mire. When people leave the terraced streets that were once proud homes of a working population, now de-skilled due to the run-down of the old industries, and opportunities for work are low-paid, those who are able to live on the outskirts, to drive everywhere, and to commute to work elsewhere, naturally do so.

Meanwhile, the local councils, whether at ERYC or at Goole, appear to live in their own bubbles - and there is no-one living here prepared to expend the energy it takes to point out that the place is sinking.

Let's know who has some energy, some ability and is willing to stand and support improvements that really benefit the community - and that must start with the community wanting to develop its own confidence, its belief that the place could be a good one to grow up in - just as it used to be when I was a kid, and my kids were growing up.
Posted by nigel marshall at 12/05/2006 23:51
its true what they say - you can't get out of town soon enough. but we all go back at some point and have fond memories. I have lived all over the country and now in Spain.
I even read the goole times on line.
The place never changes.
Posted by GOOLE ACTION TREASURER at 14/05/2006 14:57
Much as it is good to keep hearing how people keep in touch, what, I ask, can you do to give something back to the place? It is all very well getting out, wouldn't we all, if we preferred somewhere else, but some of us feel that there is plenty of energy out there that could re-invigorate their birthplace - what can you offer?
Posted by cj(jim) weston at 22/05/2006 09:50
I was looking for "maps google" and got Goole. Wasn't I lucky? Just love your website. I live in Darlington and may now have a trip to Goole to see your port.
Posted by Mike Gunnill at 23/05/2006 13:10
Came across this site while searching for something else. I see from the postcard pictures, nothing has really changed since I left<g>. I moved down South to get experience to work on the Yorkshire Post and never came back! Sorrrrry.
Posted by sandra at 27/05/2006 00:35
To the treasurer.
Down here in the soft south, those with money, access money to build beautiful cohousing projects, for those with money.
What is to stop you from accessing some of the money swirling around to to begin to tackle one of the problems that poverty
creates. Get a group together, there's grants for social housing there's help from the power companies there's requirments to reduce energy use in social housing as a tool, there's work involved, there's democratic involvment, there's community development. Energy efficiency is the new slush fund that the middleclass down here will suck up and store up. Have your credit unions. Start praising your town however bad however desperate there is something you can sell something unique that you don't even notice. If someone would put me up I would welcome coming up and helping you find it. But you don't need me go out and look with different eyes and listen with different ears. I long to vist Goole as an artist I create site specific work
I numbered a layer of bricks around an old Warehouse.1842 The number representing the number of bricks a man could make in a day. A celebration of man's work and creation of value. A grain warehouse it also recognised that the brick maker and the brick layers could not afford the grain they helped store.
Posted by brent at 05/06/2006 11:39
I was the 1st manager of the jailhouse (pub) on Aire street. I first enjoyed being in Goole but you soon come to realise that it is a small town with a small town attitude. If the people have a grievance with someone it sticks for life, you can 100% guarantee that give them a drink and they will fight for bugger all!!!!
Posted by johnnick at 09/06/2006 11:03
I used to visit Goole frequently when I worked for British Gas, It was on my "patch". It was only about 45 mins drive from my office in Pontefract but when I dropped down off the M62 into goole it was like a different world. It is built on the square system with all the 'poorer ' terraced type housing on the right hand side of Boothferry road and the posher managerial residences on the other side. As a manufactured town it could have been much better designed such as Silas Salt's excellent town of Saltaire in West Yorks. It should have been better named too. I found the people of Goole to be very introverted. They regarded strangers with suspicion and were generally quite uncooperative and suspicious. When I knocked on doors whilst carrying out inquiries I was rarely asked inside and conducted my business on the doorstep, unless I had to enter to examine meters and appliances A gloomy place I think.
The small town of Howden just a short distance up the road is a much nicer place but then it is an ancient place with its own Minster.
Posted by sandy at 14/06/2006 16:46
I've lived here nearly all my life. I like the fact that I know lots of people. They went to school with me, their parents went to school with my parents. Last week I talked to an old man that had been to school with my grandad. We know each other's history. Goolies are like one big family.
Posted by Ed Pollard at 24/06/2006 13:24
I was born in Goole in 1935 lived on Jackson St,Mount Pleasant Rd and Woodland Ave.Worked at Crappers Butchers until 1951 when I ran off to sea, spent 10 years living in Southampton sailing on the "Queens" then moved over to NJ USA in 1968. Goole is still a great place,and a great place to visit, on my many trips to the UK I always do a one day trip to Goole
Posted by sheila at 03/07/2006 16:22
Gary Masterman says "I was born in Wakefield, where the eldest of many people from Goole was born" But why did they come Gary, do you know? My father was born in Wakefield, his father was born in Hook, Goole, where his family had been for generations back. I've always wondered what brought him to Wakefield, along with many others from Goole. Perhaps you can enlighten me Gary? Thanks
Posted by shuffleton streets at 18/07/2006 09:45
thanks for all the comments on Goole, what needs doing and could be done. We long-lived residents here are aware of the hows and the whats of improvement, but what is lacking is the support of local "politicians" and a big enough group to change the dynamics. It's a bit like swinging an ocean liner in the river - there are signs of grant money being spent, but there is no obvious development plan - too many approaches, all run by officialdom. The place began with the canal cut from Knottingley to Goole, under the trustees of the Aire & Calder Navigation, who ruled the town because they thought they knew best and it was their money anyway. To a large extent, I believe, that ethos still runs the show. And often townspeople openly challenge anyone who does try to do something about it with the "why bother, what difference can you make" attitude. Either it is that or "get out". Some of us need to do exactly fighting what others see as a lost cause.
Posted by Sye Hale at 21/07/2006 13:12
I'm originally from Goole, I've been living in and around Bradford since 1993, I'm so proud to say to people that I meet that I'm from Goole, they usually ask wheres that ? But I soon put them right. I've been back home recently, I'd forgotten how nice it is there, none of the stress you get living in a city like Bradford, not as many buses everywhere, it's wonderful, I walked along the riverbank to the cemetary, it was so quiet, I'm seriously thinking about moving back to Goole, plus I miss my family, who all live there !!
Posted by Eric Redfearn at 24/07/2006 21:48
Helloooooooooo I lived in Goole from 1987 till 1993. I see that the town has changed a little though judging from the fotos, pedestrianised streets and new railway station too. I wonder how many of the people I knew then are still around? Hope they are well.
Posted by Fred Sanderson at 28/07/2006 03:05
I was born in Old Goole 14/1/1935 but we moved to a new council house, Chiltern Road, up Pasture Road.
1941 we as a family moved to Leeds, mainly to find work for the 5 eldest girls, dad was a canal boatman. My grandparents (Welham) died there, they lived on Spencer Street near the town centre, market at the end, fareground in front. Though we left when I was only 6 and have few memories, those I have are with affection, Sleepy Hollow is ok.!!!
Posted by Diane McNulty (nee Wakefield) at 01/08/2006 10:46
I was born in Old Goole (Swinefleet Road) 1950 left Goole 1965
now living in Spain. Enjoyed the freedom as a child living in Old Goole, still visit now and then, not quite the same place now,
still have very fond memories of Goole.
Posted by Vicki at 01/08/2006 13:21
I am disappointed to read the negative views on Goole. I live in one of the periferal villages and work and shop regularly in Goole and have done for 18ish years. I have always found Goolies very nice and friendly on the whole. There are unsavoury characters wherever you go. I thing Goole gets a bum wrap. There are far more narrow minded people in the world. In Goole the shopkeepers are friendly and helpful. Maybe visitors expecting Goole to be unfriendly act in such a way as to get what they expect.
Posted by kimberley at 08/08/2006 13:10
well i have just moved from nuneaton which is near birmingham and i think goole has little qualities compared to the big towns and cities, i know goole is only small but dosent offer much for the teenagers and the young during holidays or just general days. if they held something worth for the children of the area it would be great.
Posted by Goldenoldie at 14/08/2006 16:41
As a septuagenarian, long absent from Goole, and recently connected to Broadband, I have read a lot of the postings with great interest and nostalgia. To answer one query that appeared, I do recall often visiting the crypt of the Clock Tower for the usual reason. I understand that this is no longer possible but also I am very intrigued to read that the tower has been moved from where it stood but not very far. How was this done? Brick by brick or big hydraulic jacks? the second thing to intrigue me is that nobody has mentioned the Arcade. In my time in the 50's it was largely uninhabited and there was a stationers shop at the North Street end. I must visit again soon.
Posted by Robert Ward at 15/08/2006 16:39
Thanks to Goldenoldie for reminding us about the arcade. In the sixties and seventies there was Peter Hall's music shop and a discount motoring shop that was never quite as well stocked as the one in Aire Street.
Posted by marek kurwa-kupa at 22/08/2006 22:11
I was trying to find a map of Zlotow on the internet when i found this site. most interesting. na razie
Posted by Dave at 04/09/2006 16:47
I am looking to move into the area and hope to become a honorary Goolie!
I was surprised whilst doing a general search for property that there seems to be quite a few houses on Dunhill Road up for sale. Is there any reason behind this, or is it just coincidence?
Posted by christine townsley at 05/09/2006 15:59
Please has anyone a copy of a commemoration issue of the Goole Times from 1923? It was produced in memory of the men lost in the SS Merville. There is a photograph of my great grandfather in it and it is the only photo I have ever seen of him.I do have a photocopy from the library but it is very poor.
Posted by Mykell at 07/09/2006 13:31
I'd just like to say hello to all Goolies. I live in Zlotow and had several chances to meet the youth from Goole. You're all awesome and we have a great time together every year you come. It's a bit annoying when someone from Goole asks where's Zlotow. Most people in Zlotow know where Goole is, what's your traditional accent and culture.

If someone needs more information about Zlotow, just visit and choose the english version.

I'm looking forward for the next drama performance!
Posted by cat at 07/09/2006 14:51
goole is brilliant for teenagers there is loads of things to do like stand on street corners and swear at people i am not part of this but that is what most teenagers from goole do
Posted by Maureen at 10/09/2006 13:31
In answer to Dave's question about housing in Dunhill Road, I live there and as far as I know there is no particular reason for a number of homes being up for sale. It is a quite a long street, so there will inevitably more houses available from time to time than in a shorter street. I think a number of 'sold' signs have gone up quite recently.
Posted by SANDY at 14/09/2006 12:53
THE ARCADE.... The most up to date news on the arcade. Last week arcade electrics had to move out. (now down pasture rd) The arcade is to be refurbished and restaurants opened.
Posted by Gail at 18/09/2006 15:34
I was born in Goole in 1951, left to go to University in 1970 and spent the last 36 years in Hull, Birmingham and Leeds. Never thought I'd ever live in Goole again, yet suddenly it's 2006 and I'm back. I think people with the Open Sewer/Sleepy Hollow opinion of Goole are seeing what they want to see.

Well, so am I. I can go to Goole's The Gate and Howden's Shire Hall to hear the live music I couldn't get tickets for when I lived in the cities.

I can sit in peace outside the Waterways Museum with a coffee on a Sunday afternoon and see boats from all over the world, or go to free World Music events in the West Park. I can thank Chris Sherburn for being regarded as a world class musician and still living in Goole, and Sam Pirt (another Goole resident) for using his nationally acknowledged musicianship and organising skills to make the town a little brighter. I can look at my dad's photo in many books about Goole's historic Tom Puddings, and I can watch Jamie Noon play rugby for England and remember his dad as a child in Goole.

Insular? Moi?
Posted by sandy at 19/09/2006 16:27
Welcome back Gail.
Posted by Gail at 20/09/2006 15:44
Oh dear, I've just re-read my previous posting and I sound a right swot. Just to redress the balance, my sister lives near Reedness and I've thoroughly interrogated her using your Test. She does indeed own a tractor, but we got a bit stuck with the 'are your sister, mother and wife' the same person' bit, and now we can't work out whether or not we're married. If it turns out we are not, will she have to leave Reedness?
Posted by Mike Scorgie. at 24/09/2006 10:19
I found the web site really very interesting with a cross section of views how people see and relate to Goole, it reflects people's differing attitudes and perceptions of the place they know well
I am a newcomer who lives outside of Goole I discover something different about Goole when ever I visit, I always get to feel there is more to Goole than meets the eye, you just need to have the right attitude, and look in the right places.
Posted by shuffleton streets at 25/09/2006 20:08
Gail, get stuck in!
We need the likes of you swots and all.
Join us, please, our music group, canal, and all.
old folk club attender me.
Posted by .c h a r l o t t e. at 26/09/2006 10:35
This site is right snazzified. im 14 and go to Vermuyden school. And i live in Goole. can't there be any more stuff for us kids to do....pleeease i beg of you!! i get so bored on a night, theres nowt to do. All there is to do is to stroll down the street with your friends, and people sit outside of tesco watching the world go by!!! Anyways i gotta skidaddle, im in my business lesson at the minute!!
Posted by Gail at 27/09/2006 16:01
Thank you Sandy and Shuffleton Streets.
Old folk club attender indeed. That club was a major factor in my being away from Goole all these years, seeing as I met and married one of the artists who appeared there!
However, having only been back 4 months I haven't yet penetrated Goole's more recent inner circles, but would welcome any information on how (where) to make friends and influence people.
Posted by Dennis Garner at 27/09/2006 17:22
Hello Goolies, Just to let you know that I have opened a new website dedicated to life at the engine sheds in Goole in the 1960s any stories or pics for the site will be especially welcome. The site will hopefully look from the perspective of those who worked at the sheds.
thanks Dennis Garner Born Goole 1949
Posted by Well-Known Local at 28/09/2006 19:32
There is also a "Gol" in Norway and in Norsk it'll sound like Goole... Showing the routes of local placenames and the origins of a good share of the English language... East Riding Of Yorkshire, England corrupting from the Viking for "The eastern third of the lands surrounding the horse creek in the land of angels"
Posted by Shuffleton Streets at 29/09/2006 20:48
Posted by Robert Ward at 02/10/2006 23:26
Gail, I'd happily move back to Goole but my wife wouldn't have it (something about global warming and flooding - everybody issued with a big plastic bag for hanging up a torch and their insurance policy documents out of harm's way). We could all go down to the Carlisle Street coffee bar again. Are you still in touch with Lynne?
Posted by Gail at 04/10/2006 09:47
Me again. It's lovely to be welcomed and encouraged like this. Robert, I certainly do remember the Carlisle Street coffee bar but, just in case my dad is reading this, I never actually went in there. (He banned me because he thought it was full of disaffected youth, which of course it was and which is why I spent as much time as possible there.)
Now you mention it, did that eventually turn into the, ahem, Paradise Club? Which of course I also never went to every Friday and Saturday night. I loved it there. To quote Educating Rita: 'Who'd have thought they'd build paradise at the end of our street?'.
Sad to say, I haven't kept in touch with old friends from Goole, even my favourites. I think most of my school friends left Goole, just as I did. I've recently been in touch with one old mate (Roy)though, who reminded me that the magnificent John Martyn once played at the Goole and District Youth Club and had a lift to the station on Roy's pushbike, guitar and all. Classic eh?
Posted by Gail again at 04/10/2006 11:29
Been digging around in other bits of this site and am struck by how much of Goole's heritage is actually my own heritage too. I was born in Phoenix Street (we lived upstairs, another family downstairs) and my dad worked on the Tom Puddings. If that doesn't confirm my Goole working class credentials I don't know what does.
And yet I went to the wonderful Goole Grammar School where I think I had an excellent education. Goole didn't hold me back, it gave me wings. A couple of years ago I went to a school reunion, the first time I'd met any of my school friends since leaving Goole, and was struck by how well we'd turned out, many of us in respected professions.
The sad thing is that Goole can't offer many of those kind of jobs, which is why, although I now live in Goole, I still work in Leeds. I say well done to the decent people who've stayed and made good lives here.
Posted by Kevin Flynn (Chair Goole Action Group) at 07/10/2006 13:28
Gail - Interesting to see you were ex resident of Phoenix St.
Visit our web-site to read about the social history of the two threatened streets. Also feel free to come to one of our meetings to share your memories with current and ex-residents and to check on the progress of our campaign to preserve the heritage of this area of Goole. Our next meeting is Wed.25th October 7.30pm at the Dock Gallery,Goole.
Posted by goldenoldie at 10/10/2006 19:57
It's me again and I still haven't been able to get back for the visit I keep promising myself. I was reminded just today about my youth in Goole when I used one of my saws which I keep for use in my mitre-cutter. You can just make out the words 'T S Kaye - Hull and Goole' etched on the blade. The shop was just round the corner into Pasture Road (the town end of course). That was a proper tool shop looked after by an old man in a buf-coloured warehouse coat and he wrapped everything up in a twist of brown paper. Is the shop still there?
I am still hoping to hear how the clock tower was moved as mentioned in my last contribution. Can someone please ask their grandad??? Best wishes to all today's gooligans and what an excellent site this is. Every town should have one like it.
Posted by charlotte at 12/10/2006 14:46
im a goolie!! yeah the name of the town sounds gloomy, but it is actually a nice place if you know where to go! i go to vermuyden school. its nice from boothferry road, but it aint from the others side! anyone agree?! anyways, gotta go! im in my lessons *shh*
Posted by paul at 31/10/2006 17:23
Great town, diamond people - even the foreigners!
Posted by Jon at 05/11/2006 21:42
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Posted by Trevor D Johnson at 13/11/2006 22:09
What a great site.
I was born in Goole on 27-01-1948 in Pasture Road. My Father was Douglas Johnson a seaman originally from Old Goole and my Mother was Mary Lillian Johnson, nee Whiteley.
When I appeared on the scene my father gave up the sea to become a policeman around the Barnsley area.
I actually followed my fathers footsteps by going to sea, after schooling at the Boulevard, Nautical school in Hull.
Many of the family lived in or around sleepy hollow but after my Grandparents died ( Ernest and Maude Whiteley) I have lost touch with any more who may still live in the area.

If anyone out their knows me or has known the family, please contact via my E-Mail,
Posted by Gail at 17/11/2006 16:26
Hello, sorry to have been absent after some of you so kindly addressed me personally. I work in a University and autumn is chaos when all the new students arrive, so I've been a bit busy.

Anyway, to take up Jon's comments about this website's excellent standard of presentation, I too think the webmaster should be congratulated for portraying Goole so affectionately and articulately. This site feels much more like the Goole I know than the formal, dreary, official sites which tell the world nothing about our lives here.
Posted by Debbie at 24/11/2006 18:38
Hi, my name's Debbie and I'm doing my final year university project for my graphic art course. I'm documenting my home town of Goole and its residents. I'm wanting to get some really nice photographic prints of families and residents for my exhibition. I'm wanting to take photographs of residents and also ask some questions about what their town means to them, if anyone is interested or if they know of anyone that might be please contact me by email on

Even if people just want to tell me their memories of Goole that would be great......
Posted by Brendon Jarrett at 29/11/2006 01:27
Congatulations to the author of this site. It works well, is informative and a pleasure to use.
One of my forebears, Thomas Kean, visited Goole around the year 1833. He was about fourteen years old and in a schooner from Leith which presumably was calling for coal. One night he was left to mind the vessel's long boat while the ship's master visited ashore. After some time alone in the boat and with the tide ebbing on the rocks outside the lock, he realised it was going aground on the rock ledge and he set off to warn the captain. As he walked along the lock in the dark of the winter's night he missed his footing and fell into the water inside the lock gates. Fortunately, he could swim (otherwise I wouldn't be here!) but he could not reach the top of the stone wall and his cries for help were not heard until he was hypothermic and barely afloat. Eventually some men arrived with lanterns and were able to reach his hand. They carried him to the public house and poured brandy down his throat to revive him. The captain eventually found him there, took him down to the boat, which they managed to float off, and pulled out to the schooner. Kean, "between the severe struggle in the water and the brandy [!] was more one dead than alive and was glad to get off my wet dunnage and get into my hammock." Unluckily for him, around midnight the schooner started dragging with the flood tide in the stream. When several times he was called to assist by the mate he could not get out of his hammock and as a result the mate came below and tipped him out of his hammock onto the forecastle deck where he stayed, unable to move until the next morning when he found the vessel had been brought up with some trouble.
This is one of numerous stories related by Kean in a memoir dictated to his children in 1892. I am presently editing the manuscript with a view to eventually publishing it. In later life Kean continued as a seaman before becoming active in local life here in Portland, Victoria, Australia. He was variously employed in the customs service, became a master lighterman with his own vessels and was later a ships chandler.
If any of your readers have information about the lock that Kean might have fallen into or (is it too much to hope for?) know of a picture or illustration I would be very pleased to hear from them at:
Thanks again for your entertaining site.
Posted by A Lancaster at 30/11/2006 23:30
My father was born in Spaldington and spent pretty much all of his life in Goole. I was brought up in Goole, first living in Fifth Avenue then Malvern Road, until I was about 10 years old. I remember very little about the people I once knew, but I do remember attending Pasture Road School and Boothferry Middle school (I watched the M62 bridge being built from there) before my brothers and I were taken south in 1978. My father and his family remained there. Five years ago I revisited Goole and met my father again for the first time in many years. I made several more trips, though sadly my last trip was to attend his funeral during November 2006.

As a child I probably paced every single street in Goole. There were some allotments at the end of Malvern Road and if you followed the pathway through them it would eventually lead onto open fields of corn and barley. I see now it has all been built upon, though the allotments are still there. Even as a child I used to think the walk along the riverbank to Hook was beautiful; we had quite a few picnics along there. I also spent many hours wandering through the cemetery reading the headstones... it's just as peaceful now as it was then. I also remember following the dike, which flowed between our back garden and the railway lines, under Kingsway bridge... it eventually led us to a bottle dump, though I can't quite remember its exact location? I now wish I kept some of those bottles I eagerly broke to collect the marbles! There were tadpoles in that dike too, but now it appears to be overgrown and has become a bit of a dumping ground. Back then the docks were a fantastic playground for me and my brothers. It amazes me, even today, how we ever avoided tragedy there. Finally, seeing the salt and pepper pots on the approach to town still sends a small shiver down my spine. Only true Goolies call them that.

I still have family in Goole and have every intention on revisiting the place. Goole holds many fond memories for me. I realise the town has its unique (or not so unique) social probelms. There have also been some changes to the fabric of the town, but to me it is essentially the same old place as it was then all those years ago. My biggest disappointment is how untidy it looks.

PS. Can anyone enlighten me as to why the air raid warning siren was sounding during the morning of the 27 November?
Posted by whistletart at 05/12/2006 14:13
can anyone tell me the estimated population of goole? Any where i can find these figures? thanks
Posted by John Errington MBE at 05/12/2006 18:28
We went to Goole over the October half term. It was fantastic! What a town! There was a ship in from Belize when we walked around the docks, and I had a chat with the guys (I used to live in Belize). We went to one of the dock pubs, the locals were interesting and friendly. The museum was extremely interesting - loads of history - that Dutch guy that diverted the River Don, those pudding boats that carried coal.... The chefs were all out on day release from prison! After, we talked to a family who lived on their boat in the marina. Again, very interesting.
We live in Sheffield. Goole is only about 50 minutes away on the train. We'll come again, the kids loved it....
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 05/12/2006 21:18
The population of Goole is 18,741 (2001 census).
Posted by linzi at 12/01/2007 16:47
hiya what a great site :0) we are looking for a house in goole, could anyone tell me honestly what salisbury avenue and old goole are like,cheers ;)
Posted by Maria Isabel Pantoja at 17/01/2007 10:52
Howdy, I am looking for two lost friends who live in the Goole area. It has been over five years since I've heard from them and was wondering if anyone could help me find them. Their names are Simon Wright, and Mark Walters. Thanks a million.

P.S. I've been to Goole twice, and just love the place!
Posted by DorothyPowers(margrave) at 17/01/2007 18:15
I was born in Rawcliffe Bridge,lived in Rawcliffe,then Goole.I went to the Grammar School 1951-57,If anyone remembers me please get in I have some happy memories of Rawcliffe and Goole.I now live in Wakefield.
Posted by Fred Sanderson at 26/01/2007 22:21
Maria, find your friends in the Telephone book, put look for "find a person" all you need is name, initial and town.
There are a few Wrights but only one Walters, could be the last one is yours. It gives address and telephone number.
Posted by Hamish at 28/01/2007 22:17
I sailed out of Goole in the early 50's with such characters as George Cannon and Billy Guy, and still think it is the safest port in the world to be in, because ,if the end of the world was tomorrow, it would not happen in Goole untill twenty years hence!
Posted by Maria Isabel Pantoja at 31/01/2007 09:32
Thank you very much Mr.Sanderson, I will get on that right away. I owe you a beer next time I'm in Goole!
Posted by steve mo at 03/02/2007 11:09
As a child we got the bus from moorends to goole what a bind to have to walk over the bridges at rawcliffe bridge to get the bus at the other side.Can i just say hi to the lads i used to work with years ago good times.
Posted by Charlotte at 06/02/2007 14:04
I find this rather funny. I post comments on here just to say that I am a Goolie, and that my dad reads these and complains about how bad my grammar can be. Goole is ace, with a lot of good history to it, but then again, it is a rather dull place. The only thing good here is that my friends are here, and that's just about it. Yeah. Things are trying to be improved, but it doesn't seem like it, at all! There are too many chavs walking around, and people like me and my mates are always getting nasty comments thrown at us! It's chav infested I tells ya! Oh well. At least there is a Tesco!! WOW!! Tesco rocks my socks!! [hi charlotte's dad from liam holt,reece arrowsmith,josh fox,sam drury, ben dadd, robert morgan etc] haha liam, they didn't even say hi! Oh well. I'm going to carry on with the dull I.T work =[. See ya!!! x
Posted by Jean Bodecott (Laker ) at 16/02/2007 12:47
What a great web site.I was born in Goole,as was my husband,Mike.Both our children were born in Goole also.We all live in Australia now,in fact since 1978.Before that we moved to Corby in Northants in 1973.Although a long time since living in Goole we get back there about every 2 years.It was a great place to grow up in during the '60s.We see a change everytime we return.Sad to see the place so empty of things to do.No movies,dance halls etc,no wonder the kids get up to mischieve!
I am proud of being a Goolie,as are all the family,but we are glad we spread our wings and moved !!
Posted by Robert Ward at 16/02/2007 15:25
Did you know that if you search for GOTW on YouTube you get Goal of the Week?
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 19/02/2007 22:19
Depending where you look, GOTW is an acronym for Guru of the Week, Guild of the Week, Geek of the Week, Game of the Week, Gardens of the World, Grants on the Web, General Officer Terrain Walk or Guardians of the Worlds
Posted by murph at 20/02/2007 11:41
My mum is Irish and my Dad is Italian, he was welding something to a power station in the area and I was accidentally born in Goole in 1958!
I shall be making my first trip back to Goole since then on Saturday as I pass through on the way to the Hull v Birmingham football match!
I live in Warwick,do I qualify to be a 'goolie' and added to the gene pool?

I enjoyed the site
Posted by alan yeoman at 21/02/2007 11:45
My father lived in Goole, Henry St. He moved to Manchester and dad's family all came from there. Been trying to find more of the family any one help me? We did go before 1950
Posted by GEORGE ROBINSON at 24/02/2007 10:27
Hope you don't mind a smile at your expense 'Murph', quite a story, I suppose if dad had been Spanish you could have been Gooli O'Murphy?
Posted by Shuffleton Streets at 27/02/2007 12:59
Shop in Pasture Road called Houseproud, run by Elsie nee Y. I believe! And I went to Boothferry Road school with Marjorie Y. from Henry Street. Am sure you will find family still in Goole, but cannot help with married names.
Posted by alan yeoman at 27/02/2007 22:06
thanks shuffleton streets will try more more on that
Posted by Helen Elford at 08/03/2007 17:30
I am trying to find out as much info on the Grindell's of Knottingley. John Grindell b1794, was my GGG Grandfather & was a ship Owner & Master Mariner. John Blackburn from Knottingley, also a ship owner & mariner, married John's daughter. John owned or part owned the 'Benjamin & Michael', 'Spring Rice', 'John & Elizabeth' & 'Eclipse' to name a few. I also have connections with Goole as my Grandma was a Richardson, she was born at Goole Docks where my G Grandad owned a barge. I'm interested in any Pattison's, & Horsteads that may have had vessels at Goole too. Plus, could anybody suggest any useful sites for researching this subject? I am wanting to know what life was like living on the boats with families, the conditions etc.
Posted by TonyR at 16/03/2007 06:52
I have never lived in Goole but like hundreds of others all over the world we reckon we are Goolies,why? Because it was our home port. We came from all over South Yorkshire to that tiny little office (Shipping Federation) in East Parade. When we signed on a ship, it didn't matter where, and somebody said "where do you come from" it wasn't Barnsley, Doncaster, York or Wakefield it was Goole and we were proud of it
Posted by Bub at 16/03/2007 11:51
I take great offence at your comment about Milton Keynes, I myself find it to be a place FILLED with character. YOU FIEND!

Also! DEAR LORD I'VE TAKEN YOUR INFORMATION TOO SERIOUSLY! I have misquoted radio phone-ins! And contacted national newspapers to warn of the drug problem in Goole.


Posted by Hamish at 16/03/2007 15:57
I agree with you Tony, but wasn't it funny when you joined a ship in some far flung outpost like Falmouth ,and the lads asked where you were from, and then the next question "where the hell is that?" , still a great little town with many fond memories for me anyway!
Posted by TonyR at 17/03/2007 02:12
What i thought even funnier Hamish was the look on the faces of the "Old Man", Mate and the Bosun as they suddenly went white around the gills at the sound of that one word GOOLE. Ships that up until then had been pretty liberal with the booze all at once became "dry". i wonder why?
Posted by Hamish at 17/03/2007 22:26
Maybe they had "got the word" from the railway boat skippers, or maybe a collier or two,couple of bottles every week out of bond was not a bad deal on the railway boats, them were the days that was!!
Posted by pete at 17/03/2007 22:48
just returned back to sunny goole from cruising the caribbean
met a guy in the bar aboard ship who has lived in Barbados for 16yrs.During our conversation he told me he used to be a long distance lorry driver.He said to me he used to visit a small port years ago and the dockers were the best ever helping him to secure the load and tarpaulen his lorry unlike others in liverpool and london etc.Sez to me you wont know it its a place called Goole after I enlighten him on my birth place we got positively pi**ed. RE-CLOCK TOWER IT WAS TAKEN DOWN BRICK BY BRICK AND REBUILT ON THE ROUNDABOUT
Posted by Gary Masterman at 24/03/2007 16:30
What a great site! Clock Tower (now minus the toilets)! Salt & Pepper Pot (I too get goose-bumps when they rear into view when approaching the town on the Freeway)! Tom Puddings (I often have trouble convincing people that they actually existed)! Celebrities still living in the town (I know the feeling, John Farnham lives just down the road from me now). Picnics on the river bank and Syringes in the park. Who said Goole is a boring place? And I have heared that there is now a Goole Marina, but I don't believe it myself.
To Sheila (3/7/06), sorry I couldn't reply earlier but I've just re-discovered this site. My Mum & Dad are from Goole. Mum just took time off from working at Camplins in 1952 to go to Wakefield to have me; while Dad continued to wrk as a steel erector in Scunthorpe. She was very clever, my Mum. 8 GCEs at the Grammer School and a distiction in French. When I started school in Pasture Road she started work again in a fish and chip shop somewhere on the dock side of the Clock Tower.
And to Jon (5/11/06) I went to Alexandra Street Primary school but Jimmy Mann lived just behind me, and I went to school with David Briers, too.
I had a wonderful evening recently when I was entertained by four Goolies travelling with the Barmy Army. I don't think they enjoyed the cricket as much as they had hoped but I certainly enjoyed their company. They were great ambassadors for the town.
I never shower at my local Gym. 19 years I've been going there but I don't use the showers. But one day last month, as I was going out afterwards, I had a shower there. Now I don't as a rule talk to strangers in a communal shower but somehow I struck up a conversation with the only other bloke there. You Guessed it, he was a Goolie, on a round-the-world trip. I left Goole 38 years ago to come to Australia and I would loved to have had a beer with him but I was already running late for an appointment. Before I left I asked him which street he lived in. You guessed it again, he lived in the same street I did. But I bet you wouldn't believe he lives in the house next door to where I grew up. I've had some coincidences occur to me in my life, but that surely beats them all. Sorry Big Nick but I had to get this story on the Net.
Can someone tell me where the name "Goole" comes from? I reckon someone should cash in on modern technology and change its name to "Google". Now that would put the place on the map. Then I suppose we'd all be called "Googlies". On second thoughts, perhaps leave it as it is.
Posted by joanne at 24/03/2007 23:21
i was born in goole in 1973 and lived there till i was 7. went back a few years ago and only a few changes have been made! im sad to hear pasture primary is to be closed as i went there and still have vivid memories. i went back to see the old house i was born in, the lady caught me peeping over the garden wall and invited me in for a cup of tea! how bizzare was that?....maybe i'll buy that house one day........
Posted by Kimberly Ward at 26/03/2007 14:35
the word "Goole" actually means "drain", deriving from the fact that goole was once a swamp marsh land and it has strong connections with water, the docks, and the canal company, the Aire and Calder which used to have its board meetings over looking the dock of the upstairs room in the Lowther Hotel, once the place to be. Goole gained hundreds of visitors and new residents through its dock develpments, the large market that was held temporarily down Aire Street after a great fire bombed the market in the blitz. Everybody wanted to live in Goole. It was truly a great place, now it is no more than the waste land it used to be, inundated by imigration, a place of no hope or prosper, no inspiration or opportunity; far different from what it used to be. Goole is a place where people want to escape from not build their lives in, not unless you are foreign in which it seems to be a great draw. It's sad a town once desired and prestiged as Goole has become so run down forgotten and disliked not only by its residents but all those who hear of it!
Posted by callum at 01/04/2007 18:52
I live in Goole they is nowt wrong wif it it so stop saying bad stuff!!
Posted by Sandra (Tether)Kindell at 02/04/2007 18:47
I am so pleased that I found this site. I was born in Old Goole and enjoyed life there. Actually it was all I knew. I now live in the USA since 1965 and left Old Goole to join the WRAF. I still make it home once a year, have relatives in the area and love to travel Europe. Keep up the good work.
Posted by lane at 04/04/2007 03:50
I am considering visiting Goole in search of info concerning the Duckels brewery. Being a descendant, I hoped to find a pleasant town and perhaps the original home sight. Some of the negative comments about Goole make me wonder if a trip from New Mexico, U.S.A. would be worth the expense? Please, Goole Action Treasurer, give me some encouragement!
Posted by Barbara at 09/04/2007 01:53
I am trying to find any member of th Flood family EMMER L Flood. Wife was Nell Flood. I need some answer on my Family.
They Had four daughters and 3 sons.
Posted by pedro at 10/04/2007 21:03
Don't listen to all the negative comments of sunny Goole. The furthest inland port in Britain. In this day and age one can find problems in any community. I find in most cases ex Goolies always return even for a short visit to meet family or friends or trace history links. We have a very helpful library to assist in your
search. I do speak from experience born in Goole, travelled the world working in India, China, America and countries too numerous to mention. Living in South America for 10 years - now I'm back. You will find most people helpful and friendly so come and visit.
Posted by Elizabeth Wheldrake at 12/04/2007 15:21
I stayed in Goole in December with my cousin and her family-Jean and Barry Rudge. Barry has done much for the Goole anglers over many years and son Kirk is now responsible for the business.Their daughter Samantha started and runs the highly sucessful Butterfly dance studios, with well over 200 students.Their other daughters Jenny and Sally have now joined Sam in the studios, in what has become a succesful family enterprise.
When I went to dancing classes in Goole in the late 1940s there were approximately fifteen children in the class-so you can see that this family is helping to keep Goole on the map and providing great healthy activities for young people of the town aand district.
I visited the graves of my grandparents, Richard and Florence Eliza Jolley and was impressed by the care of the cemetry.
Incidentally, Jean and I both went to Goole Grammar school. I was there from 1952-59 and she from 1957-1962.( I Think) My mother went to The Grammar School from 1927-1932. She died last year at the good age of ninety, having spent a wonderful twenty six years in South Australia, since the death of my step father, Charles Edward Watmough.( He too was born and bred in Goole and head choirboy at the Parish Church, as a teenager.)
Posted by christine rickards at 18/04/2007 20:04
I am absolutely amazed that Elizabeth thought that the cemetery was in good order. I wept to see the graves of my near ancestors and relatives. Subsidence has caused all sorts of problems and because of Health and Safety Regulations the cemetery officials have done a safety assessments which means that some graves have been made safe for the public who might walk on them or around them and stones have been piled up and it is very difficult to see the names on them. There has also clearly been some vandalism in the cemetery. I wrote to the Goole Times and telephoned the local council because I felt that an explanation was necessary. The people responsible for the cemetery are clearly in a very difficult situation because so much work is necessary and very little money is available. I think that if Elizabeth were to visit the older part of the cemetery she would be horrified. I think that it lets the town down very badly and can only hope that the government provides fund for the work necessary. I was born in Goole in 1939 and lived almost over the wall from the cemetery in Belgrave Drive and know that when I lived there is was in a cared for state.
Posted by Priscilla Laybolt, nee Shadwell at 25/04/2007 00:36
I am an old lady now, but I lived in Goole from being two years old, 1929 and came to Canada when I was 19 yrs. old, and have never had the chance to return. I remember very many pleasant years there, the parks , the river bank was a favourite walk, my father is buried there. I had all my schooling in Goole and it has stood me in good stead.
My only wish now is that I could be able to write to someone from Goole, I still get homesick at times, and I can still visualize many of the streets and places, I lived on Burlington Crescent.
Life moves faster than we think so enjoy every day no matter where you are.
Sincerely, Pat, as I am now called.
Posted by Linda Hunt at 25/04/2007 20:38
My sister and the rest of our family have recently found out that our Great Grandfather James Martin lived in Goole. We have found him on the 1901 census form as living at Jackson Street, he married Emma Sharp and her father was a mariner as was James. They had sons, Arthur, Edward (who was our Grandfather and walked to Batley. W.Yorks looking for work about 1914) other sons were Ernest, John, daughters were, Emma, Grace and Rachel. My sister has found the grave of James and Emma but has found another person intered with them, this is a Martha James and she died in 1933 in Boothferry Road, we think this was a workhouse. Can anyone help. We would be very grateful.
Posted by Chris Hunt at 27/04/2007 06:15
To Priscilla Shadbolt
I am Chris Hunt and I live in BC, Canada
My family lived down Marshfield Road, I had distant family down Burlington Crescent (Chester was their surname).
Best wishes
Posted by Chris Hunt at 27/04/2007 06:21
Gary Masterman...your name is familiar to me. I was born in Goole in 1953 and lived at 14 Marshfield Road.
I remember Jimmy Mann and I went to Alexandra street, Kingsway, then Goole High School. I knew Malc Nick (big Nick's brother).
Best wishes
Posted by david shiner at 02/05/2007 11:02
i live in goole and it sh*t
Posted by Stuart (Not Webmaster) at 02/05/2007 17:26
Goolie and proud of it. I'm not ashamed to tell anybody where my roots are. The biggest problem is explaining where it is. People in Leeds, Bradford, Cleckhuddersfaxmondwyke seem convinced that it's a suburb of Hull. Those in Hull tell me it's across the Humber right next door to Scunthorpe?

Born, raised, educated in Goole. Travelled a bit. Been half way round the globe three times but I still come back. WHY? It's a fantastic place to come back to. It gets better all the time. What a relief after big city life. So there's nothing for people to do? In my day we said that too. Now I know that's the beauty of the place. A bit of peace and quiet for us old-timers. shopping without the need to drive for miles, cheap (often free) car parking (try to find that in Leeds) for those who can't be bothered to walk or catch a bus, loads of decent ale, riverside walks, riding a bike with no hills for miles around. In Goole you can even listen to the sound of nothing but birds. How many other places can boast of that? I could go on but that's enough for now.
Posted by Harold Dummer at 02/05/2007 22:37
Can anyone tell me if any information regarding the crash of Halifax L V 825 G that crashed at Cuckoo Park Farm Rawcliffe on 17 6 44 killing all but one of the seven crew. My brother was the mid upper gunner of this aircraft and was killed in the crash.

I am researching his time in the R A F V R. Was this reported in the local paper, or is there any reference to this in any local history books?
Posted by Hamish at 03/05/2007 00:57
Good on Yer Stuart!! I was from Leeds but knew very well where Goole was (is) had some FANTASTIC times there, only wish I could turn the clock back(but knew what I know now) and still had the same old friends around!!
Posted by Peter Scott at 03/05/2007 11:44
Can any of you ship experts out there tell me if there was a second ship called Paradox owned by Wm. France? The first was built in 1870 and moved from Goole in 1883 I think, so it would be after this date.
By the way, I always tell people Goole is near York, as that is the nearest city.
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 03/05/2007 12:11
Peter, Look on the Ships page and scroll about one third the way down to a message from Valerie and subsequent replies from George Robinson.
I always say York is near Goole
Posted by Peter Scott at 03/05/2007 20:08
To Stuart,
Thanks, that'll teach me not to read the ships page regularly!
Posted by GOOLE ACTION TREASURER at 04/05/2007 19:29
Sorry folks, cannot say with hand on heart, never mind what Pedro tells you, that living here, 365 days a year, is worth it!
But I am still here, and have just ordered a second hand book called "Re-visiting Empty Houses" - seriously.
Posted by Shirley at 07/05/2007 00:22
Am looking for info on Goole Barracks, just have not been able to find anything. Have census records of family being there so would like to know something about the building and its history, whatever it is. It sounds like it should have some history but can't find it. Thanks
Posted by Ed Pollard at 10/05/2007 12:35
As a lad growing up in goole during the war I remember an old sailing ship in west dock any one know the name and its history thanks Ed.
Posted by Angie at 10/05/2007 14:24
I have lived in Goole for 5 Months and it is the worse place i have lived my home was broken into a couple of weeks ago and now i'm living a complete nightmare
Posted by The computers in the local library are handy!! at 10/05/2007 14:40
all new, cant be bad eh : )
Posted by mick walker at 12/05/2007 10:33
I think the sailing ship during the war was called the "silver wedding".
Posted by GEORGE ROBINSON at 14/05/2007 18:57
Surely the big sailing ship trapped in Goole in WW2 was the ARCHIBALD RUSSELL ,she had been British but think she was Finnish by the time the war started?
Posted by pedro at 14/05/2007 23:59
Spot on george it was indeed Archibald Russ Finnish vessel
Posted by Ed Pollard at 17/05/2007 00:03
thank you Mick George& Pedro "Silver Wedding" did not ring a bell, thanks for jogging my memory.Mick I will check out that web site Thanks again Ed.
Posted by Shuffleton Streets at 18/05/2007 08:49
Re GOLDEN WEDDING - does anyone have info. on Stephen Ashton, the young master at the time she was blown ashore in the Gulf of Mexico. 1907 or so, without checking my notes.
Posted by Malc London at 18/05/2007 10:27
Great site, but having never been to Goole it would be nice to see some photos of the town.
Posted by Dave Rimmington at 21/05/2007 20:53
Browsing your site recently I noticed that parts of the Mulberry Harbours used in France were manufactured in Goole. I'm keen to learn more about this and would be grateful if you could point me in the direction of any web-sites, local history resources, residents who were involved in the manufacture, etc who could furnish me with further information.
Posted by GEORGE ROBINSON at 22/05/2007 07:32

The Mulberry Harbour sections were built in the drydocks at Goole but I have never come across any photos of them at Goole or being towed down the river, everyone must have been very good at obeying the security rules 'no photos' !!
Posted by Margaret at 27/05/2007 20:39
Hi, I am looking for information about a building that was once down Marshlands Rd, Old Goole. It's name was
Clarks Cottages.
At Clarks cottage a man called Henry B Staniforth lived, his wife was called Elizabeth. They had 3 children Darrand, James Arthur who married a Clara Hopper, George M Staniforth.
I know that James went to live in Hull, maybe with his parents.
If anyone has any info on either the building or the family I would be grateful if you would contact me. Thanks..

PS..I have lived in Goole 25 yrs ago, I came from Hull and I know where I would rather live...GOOLE, yes Goole has it's problems as all towns/cities have or do you know of one that doesn't. We all could help Goole improve by doing our bit to pick up litter [take it home], respect what we have and each other.
Posted by Gary MASTERMAN at 02/06/2007 09:42
Sorry Chris HUNT from BC (27/4), I don't remember you. I should, I know. I was born in "52, we could have been in the same year at school. Is Goole High School the same as the old Modern School? I lived in Woodland Avenue.
Good Idea Margaret (27/5), about the litter, I mean. And eveybody should paint their front doors nice colours while theyr'e about it, and get the council to re-plant all those trees they pulled out of Westfield and Mond Avenues.
Goole certainly isn't the only place without its problems, that's for sure. It's the people that make the difference, and Goole is full of good people. It's just a question of making it happen.
Posted by Moira Leach at 04/06/2007 03:58
Great site ! Lived in Goole 1980 - 1995 in the vicarage in Clifton Gardens as married to the then vicar Tim Leach. Very happy memories of our time there. Still visit most weeks to see family.
Very photogenic place - Tim published 'Glimpses of Goole' when he was vicar in aid of Parish Church funds. Does anyone remember the 'Stop the Rot' appeal to repair the church roof and ceiling? Would love to hear from anyone who went to the Parish Church Toddler group - at one stage we had 140 children on the books! Perhaps details of the Church could be added to this site. Will keep in touch.
Posted by Natalie - Centini Productions at 04/06/2007 12:52
Posted by Shuffleton Streets at 06/06/2007 12:27
Posted by Hieronymous at 06/06/2007 14:17
Someone on this site claims that Goole is the "furthest inland port in the world" - what about Selby, twelve miles UPRIVER? In any case, I should have thought the ports (such as Chicago) on the Great Lakes are considerably further from the sea!
Posted by Shirley at 07/06/2007 00:17
To Shuffleton Streets. Thanks for your info, I had thought it was a whole building not seperate dwellings. I do have them on a map next to what is now Swinefleet Road. I thought it was a whole building as it seemed to be on the river side of what is now the road and thought it might have some military history. I believe that a past relative lived there, by the name of Coates/Coats on 1851 Census but the timing of her Date of Birth makes her difficult to find until 1871 when she is living with her sister in Durham. (The sister is mentioned in 1851 census in The Barracks). Anyway thanks again for your help, it is much appreciated. - Shirley
Posted by Shuffleton Streets at 08/06/2007 08:04
Thanks Shirley, glad to have found something definite as it had always been an unknown for me too.

Like you I found the building later, on historic map, and agree it appeared to be on the river side of the roadway shown. It may have been one building too, with separate "apartments" (or "compartments/rooms") for many residents, as you say a bit like a military barracks. I imagine it rather like the later Union poor law building in Boothferry Road Goole, known as the "workhouse" - a complex of rooms and separate accommodation for males, females and children.

As for the Coates family - if you ever get time or are in the neighbourhood, I can recommend a day or more reading closely the Garside and Gardiner notes, and cuttings, because there are references, often in passing, to early residents - for a variety of purposes, not all of them positive! They can be rooted through for clues that would otherwise have been lost. Garside noted interesting bits from the Goole and Marshland Gazette (also I think those mid- 1850s editions onwards are still available on microfilm at the ref. library). Gardiner has handwritten pages of historic finds as well as notes of interest. Garside has a book of yellowing cuttings too from newspapers.

Happy hunting.
Posted by Shuffleton Streets at 08/06/2007 08:07
I should have said many entries in census appeared under The Barracks - suggesting separate accommodation, although it may not have been.
Posted by jessica T at 18/06/2007 22:39
A marvelous site and as an ex-pat Yank now living in Goole, may I say that I find 'Goolies' much friendlier than another place nearby where I lived for 5 years? We need to clean some things up here in Goole and we can if we all pull together.
Posted by Stu at 19/06/2007 11:23
Goole is 80km from the open sea and is recognised as the most inland port in the UK not the World.

Although Gloucester claim to be the most inland port but they are only 60KM from the open sea.
Posted by Carol Wilson at 19/06/2007 23:35
I am compiling and researching my family tree, and have traced my family back to 1846 living in Goole.
My Gr Gr Grandfather was a mariner and master of the "Aline"
He lived in Back George Street and his name was William Yates.
One of his sons Thomas was my Grandfather's Father. Are there still any Yates family there, if so would love to hear from you.
Posted by peter winton at 08/07/2007 12:41
I was brought up an old goolie and all my relations are still there , namely the Ryans . i married in 1996 and still with the same beauty .
my wifes family are in goole e g christine newman at super drug Hello to all if you are on line . Dont get to goole much really as we are both working . If anyone know my bro and 2 sisters , rob , joni & sally . terrific people we send our love . missing goole a bit but wont come back , we are settled on a sunny seaside resort on the est coast . OLD GOOLE FOR TALENT best pubs were the Wheatsheaf hello kenny and ivys . ta for reading anyway .
Posted by mr aeron elias at 18/07/2007 23:41
hi as an irish man i always found goole very enjoyable to visit so much so i married a goole girl we both now live in northern ireland but we visit as much as possible as most of my wifes family live in and around the goole area so dont knock goole theres a lot worse places to live
Posted by paul smith at 24/07/2007 15:12
i was born in old goole and so was my parents and there parents ,my dad used to run marathons for charity jack smith? used to be some great characters down there
Posted by paul tooke at 29/07/2007 22:32
i lived in goole 36 years i liked the place wot happened 2 the west park all the rides gone i remember when as a kid west park every sunday u cud go n it b packed wiv ppl n play. goole has changed i still visit my mum n dad n my best mates every weekend as live in hull now. i miss goole sumtimes n the ppl r ace
Posted by jd at 04/08/2007 13:46
hi mr paul smith used to work with your dad at fisons a very nice chap indeed i also worked with your brother at kellingley are you the pot collecter who worked with jane at the buchanan
Posted by Elizabeth Wheldrake at 06/08/2007 08:30
Hello to Moira Leach,
My mother, Kathleen Watmough came to Adelaide after my step father died, 27 years ago. She passed away last year, at the age of 90. My Grandfather, Richard Jolley was a diocesan lay reader to the dioceses of Sheffield and York.He was the superintendant of the Parish Church Sunday in the role taken over by my mother after his death. Mum and Dad were also Sunday school teachers and ran the Youth club. I have 2 copies of your husband's book. The co writer Mr Ferriman was my English teacher at The Grammar School. My late ex husband, his mother, uncle, aunt and cousin (all Woodheads)& my cousins Jean Ellerington and Jane Chevis all attended the school too. These are all things remembered kindly.
Posted by Tricia at 31/08/2007 19:03
Hello again! i'm back and still looking for my rellies in Goole! This time I want to find living ones and if you are a Marshall or a Smith or a Clay or an Eldin, Weeks or an Acaster pleeeze contact me! Is there an ancestry weekend in Goole ever and does the Goole Times ever run articles for people like us? Can someone with some imagination pl explain to me how my grandparents might have met when one lived in Old Goole and one lived in Clifton Gardens - how can I get info on shops in Old Goole? Thank you to any one who cares to reply!
Posted by Arthur kendall at 05/09/2007 22:38
Hello Tricia - I might be in completely the wrong era but I had a pal, Bryan Marshall, throughout my time at Goole Grammar School - 1950 to 1955. The last time I spoke to him, possibly in the sixties, he was living in Rutland Road, Goole, a few doors from no. 49 where I was born.
Your query about " .. Goole and Clifton Gardens... " is easy to answer - Clifton Gardens is actually a road in Goole, just round the corner from the old Grammar School (called something else now).
Best wishes
Uncle Arthur.
Posted by Goole Book at 06/09/2007 16:48
You might find it useful to look at the Goole 1935 Directory which is in the Facebook albums of the account called "Goole Book".
Posted by John C. Wraith at 27/09/2007 04:29
I have very happy memories of Goole-it was the nearest town to my village(Fockerby) and where we went market shopping.A lady on the Carlton Towers stall always seemed to be chewing apples and had brilliantly white teeth!Mrs. Strorr for flowers,then across the road for a pot of cream-followed by a look at Milners to see if our Storrs flowers were better or worse...Keith Anderson's window ad a bit of daydreaming...My elderly aunts always moved about the town by car,never seemed to walk anywhere,and we always ended up at Timms the Chemist,near the docks.A wonderful old chemist's shop,with polished wooden shelves and drawers.Victory Vs a-plenty.Buying toilet tissue and having it wrapped in brown paper for the sake of decorum...Very happy memories of Hackforth's cafe,and the imposing Mrs. Richardson,the manageress.I think a three course lunch was under three shilllings.Goole,to me,as a schoolboy was a great place-Woolworths toys,fantastic!
Posted by jennifer walsh at 27/09/2007 15:50
i am researching my family history and would like to hear from anyone who can recall a family called England who lived around Albert Street, Doyle Street, Old Goole and worked on the tom puddings and the barges. Family names consisted of John, Albert, Joseph would like to share any information with anyone who is also researching. Thanks
Posted by Bill at 16/10/2007 19:55
Congratulations to whoever posted those 'You Tube' links showing the Whit Monday walks in the 1960's. Sad to reflect how the town has lost the pride and community spirit that was able to organise those events.
Posted by BRIAN SUNDERLAND at 01/11/2007 21:53
Posted by Mick at 13/11/2007 11:44
I moved to Goole through necessity. I cannot say honestly that I like the place but I value very highly the friends I have made here. I would say that Goole is a town ideal for online shopping since most of the stuff I need is either not available or too expensive. I agree that shopkeepers are friendly. They say "no, we don't keep that" with a smile!
Posted by Robert Ward at 14/11/2007 21:04
Bill - thanks for commenting on the YouTube films - glad you like them. These were taken by my Uncle Fred Collinson. Stuart has linked one above, which runs within this page on one click, but if you click a second time it takes you to the FBCcine channel on YouTube where there are several other Goole films from around the same time (click the FBCcine link and then go down to View All). One of them was linked from the BBC online magazine in connection with the History of Modern Britain programme, hence it now has over 27,000 viewings.
Posted by Michelle Smith(nee Appleyard) at 18/11/2007 22:36
Hello All! This is such a cool site. I have been working on my geneaology and have many many ancestors from Goole. Would love to have some information on generations that are still living. My Great Grandfather Percy Appleyard (b.1900) and his brother George (b.1898) and my Great Great Grandfather Thomas William Appleyard were all Goolies. Are any of you members of this family line. Would love to hear from any of you!
Posted by GORDON LAWRENCE at 19/11/2007 20:07
hi i live in greenock scotland my mum was from GOOLE she stayed in BYRON street i still have relations there and visit it when i can my mum and dad stayed there when they got married and were the first squatters in goole moving into a nissan hut the picture was in the goole times, i liked it there nice and flat great place to go cycling my mums maiden name is PHYLLIS CLARK
Posted by Bill at 22/11/2007 17:23
Two formidable and selfless ladies who I remember from my youth are Miss Jessop and Miss/Mrs? Munday. Miss Jessop was choir mistress at the Parish Church, also organist I believe. I think she hailed from Howdendyke and would drive to Goole in all weathers to carry out her duties. Miss Munday was scout master of the 3rd Goole Troop whose HQ was a kind of Nissan hut next to the church. This would be in the late 50's early 60's. Just curious if anyone remembers them and knows what happened to them. Bill
Posted by carla at 06/12/2007 13:11
Hi pedro you mention a local character called percy woolas... just wondered if he was married to a woman called may or whether he had a daughter called may??? I am attempting to find my family history... he sounds like he lacked common sense which is a lot like me... All i know of may woolas is she married a dobson and had a son called raymond in 1942

hope you know something as im at a dead end with where to go..
thanks carla Xx
Posted by Gary MASTERMAN at 12/12/2007 18:15
Re Brian SUNDERLAND 1/11/07 - I am indeed kath and Don's son. And I'm pleased to report that both are in excellent health and blissfully computer illiterate. Your name has been mentioned, along with many other Goolies on those long and cold July nights by the fire.
Can I just say here that Phil BAKER from White City, who passed away earlier this year, is as sorely missed in Australia as I'm sure he has always been in Goole.
Posted by Robert Ward at 14/12/2007 12:12
The Flickr site ( has a lot of interesting recent photographs of Goole. You don't even have to join to see them. Just type Goole in the search box.
Posted by Stuart - Webmaster at 15/12/2007 16:06
Merry Xmas to everyone who has contributed to the site and thanks again for your comments / memories. There's a whole host of improvements I want to make to the site next year, but I thought the same last year. So I may just continue to fix your spelling mistakes, remove spam and provide the connections where appropriate.

Posted by GEORGE ROBINSON at 23/12/2007 08:43
And all the best to you and yours Stuart, you have done a brilliant job in providing this community forum for Goole and district and the messages constantly prove its worth ... well done and keep an eye on us all in 2008!
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