infobox UK place
country= England
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
official_name= Goole
latitude= 53.699217
longitude= -0.869171
population = 17,600 (2001 census)cite web
url =
title = 2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Goole CP (Parish)
accessdate = 2008-05-16
work = Neighbourhood Statistics
publisher = Office for National Statistics
unitary_england= East Riding of Yorkshire
lieutenancy_england= East Riding of Yorkshire
constituency_westminster= Brigg and Goole
post_town= GOOLE
postcode_area= DN
postcode_district= DN14
dial_code= 01405
os_grid_reference= SE746231

static_image_caption=The Goole skyline showing the docks and the "salt and pepper pots" - the twin water towers.

Goole is a town, civil parish and port located approximately Convert|45|mi|km|lk=on inland on the River Ouse in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The port is "highly versatile", and is capable of handling nearly 3 million tonnes of cargo per annum, making it one of the most important ports on the east coast of England. [ [ Associated British Ports] .]

Goole is twinned with Złotów, Poland (and was twinned with Rostock, northern Germany in 1969 although this seems to have lapsed). Goole was informally twinned with Gibraltar in the 1960s, at that time Gibraltar Court was named in Goole and Goole Court was named in Gibraltar.


The civil engineer Cornelius Vermuyden from the Netherlands diverted the River Don northwards to the River Ouse in 1627 to drain the marshland of Hatfield Chase at the behest of King Charles I. This also made the lower Don navigable for small barges so that coal from South Yorkshire coalfields was transported to "Goole" at the new mouth of the Don (or "Dutch River") for transfer to seagoing vessels.

The Aire and Calder Navigation Company opened their broad canal from Knottingley in the northern sector of the coalfield in 1826 together with two transshipment docks at Goole and a company-built town. This gave rise to several innovations in materials handling by the chief engineer, William Bartholomew. In 1863 he introduced the Tom Pudding system of compartment boats which could each carry around Convert|40|LT|kg|lk=on of coal. [ [] Goole on the Web] In the docks Bartholomew introduced large boat hoists which could lift the Puddings and discharge directly into sea going ships which exported the coal to all parts of the world. These managed to compete with rail and were used until 1985.

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway built a line from Pontefract and Wakefield in 1848 and the North Eastern Railway connected with Doncaster and Hull in 1870. The prosperity from the coal and general cargo trade with the West Riding industrial area continued for 150 years after the opening of the canal. After a period of decline, these commodities were more than replaced by containers, the export of steel and the import of timber from north-eastern Europe. The two original 1826 docks, along with all six others built later, are still in full operation. Goole railway station is on the Sheffield to Hull Line and is the terminus of the Pontefract Line.

Glass and clothing are produced in Goole and it is the focus of an agricultural district.


Prior to the reform of local government in 1974, brought about by the Local Government Act 1972, Goole was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It was then placed in the Boothferry district of the newly formed county of Humberside until that was abolished in 1996. Since 1996, Goole has been in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is represented by six councillors on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Goole is currently in the parliamentary constituency of Brigg and Goole. The constituency is represented by one Member of Parliament in the House of Commons.


Permission was granted by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the development of a new, large industrial park on land adjacent to the M62 on the outskirts of the town.

Since work began, the industrial park, now known as [ Capitol Park] , has attracted two large employers in the form of Guardian Industries, who have built a glass manufacturing plant and Tesco, who have built a distribution centre. The arrival of these employers has resulted in hundreds of new jobs being created.

=Sport= Goole's main football team is Goole AFC. It is the town's only semi-professional football team and currently they play in the UniBond League 1st Division South.


External links

* [ Informative guide to Goole]
* [ Yorkshire Waterways Museum]
* [ Goole Town Council Website]
* [ North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals ]


* [ Goole AFC football team]
* [ Goole Rugby Union Website]

Newspaper and media

* [ The Goole Times Website]
* [ Goole Courier Website]

Port and shipping

* [ Associated British Ports - Goole Website]
* [ Goole and Hull Port Authority Website]
* [ Port of Goole]
* [ All the ships ever built at Goole Shipyards]


* [ Goole College Website]

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