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Today Goole railway station is at the junction of the Hull and Doncaster Branch and the Pontefract Line. Service is provided to Hull Paragon Interchange, Doncaster, Sheffield and Leeds, and the commuter stations in between.

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Goole is well placed to receive a wide selection of DAB Radio Stations. On Sky Digital Look North for Goole news is on EPG number 977 whilst the main BBC One Look North (101) is mainly the West Yorkshire Edition.

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Radio Medica is Goole's hospital radio station. At one point BBC Radio Humberside had an office at the market, but this has now closed. Other stations received in Goole on FM include Vixen 101, Viking FM, KCFM, Hallam FM, Pulse FM, Minster FM, Capital FM Yorkshire, Real Radio Yorkshire and the national BBC services.

Goole used to have two golf clubs (both now defunct) The early course, founded 1900, was at Rawcliffe Park. The later course was at Airmyn Park from 1911 to the Second World War.[10]

Unusually in terms of English place-names, "Goole" has its origins in Middle English. It derives from the word goule, meaning "stream" or "channel", or possibly "outlet drain".[4] Not recorded in the Domesday Book, its first mention was in 1362 as Gulle.[4]

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Goole's maritime history and industrial past is written into its skyline.

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Known as the "port in green fields", because of its inland location, Goole is a sleepy working port with a rich maritime heritage. Once a hub for the region's coal industry, the new Goole is now a haven for shoppers, artists and wildlife lovers, and makes an interesting addition to your East Yorkshire itinerary.

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Before 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 county of Humberside, until that was abolished in 1996. Since 1996, Goole has been in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is represented by four councillors on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway built a line from Pontefract and Wakefield in 1848, and the North Eastern Railway connected the port 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.

When Goole opened as a port on 20 July 1826, it was a new community of about 450 people.[4] Now it is a town with about 18,000 inhabitants.[5]

Teena Rochfort-Smith, a gifted young editor of the works of Robert Browning and of the Old Spelling editions of Shakespeare, was staying at her uncle's home in Goole, on 28 August 1883, where she was killed when her clothes caught fire while she was trying to light a candle.[13]

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Children and families There are plenty of activities for children and families at Goole Museum. Here you can also link to family-friendly events.

This volunteer-researched exhibition focuses on development within the original triangle of the company town's streets in the early decades. Runs from 26th July to 8th October.

Rugby Union is played close to the cricket club at Westfield Banks, sharing facilities with Goole Tennis Club and Goole Viking Striders running club. Goole RUFC currently field two teams, the first team playing in Yorkshire Division Two.

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After a period of decline, commodities were replaced by containers, the export of steel, and the import of timber from north-eastern Europe. Today the Port of Goole has regular cargo liner services to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Morocco and South Africa; plus a transshipment route to Europort, Rotterdam.

Junction is Goole’s own arts venue offering the best entertainment on stage and on screen for the community of East Yorkshire. We provide a wealth of events for all ages and tastes – from shows for the very young through to period dramas, comedy, music and film. Expect to find small intimate shows that tour the country and larger international names that you might expect to find only in larger cities. Junction is on your doorstep and we want you to feel a part of our culture.

Goole Town Cricket Club supports local cricket teams. Of its three teams, the first team plays in the club cricket York & District Senior League. A new clubhouse was constructed in 1996 providing facilities and a bar.[8]


Nigel Adams, Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty, was born in Goole Hospital in November 1966.

Goole's industrial park, Capitol Park / Goole36,[7] has attracted two large employers: Guardian Industries, which built a glass manufacturing plant, and Tesco, which built a distribution centre. The arrival of these employers resulted in hundreds of new jobs being created.[citation needed] A new Morrisons store opened in Goole on 2 August 2010, built on land previously occupied by Timms Mill on Boothferry Road.

Goole is twinned with Złotów in Poland. 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 town has been credited in the past for its musical output, including Servo, Proxies and Sulu Babylon. Adi Vines, bassist with Creation Records band Swervedriver, was born in Goole. The Dale Sisters, a vocal trio who had limited chart success in the early 1960s, were born in Goole, as Betty, Hazel and Julie Dunderdale, a name they later shortened to become the Dale Sisters.[11][12]

Various images and documents which didn't make it to the main site but may be useful to people interested in the history of Goole and District can be found at the GOTW web-exhibition

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Goole has two football teams these being Goole A.F.C., and Goole United A.F.C. They currently play in the Northern Premier League Division One South and the Humber Premier League Division One respectively. They both play their football at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds which is located on Marcus Street. The nearest professional teams are Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Hull City, Leeds United, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and York City.

Glass is produced in Goole, which is also the centre of an agricultural district. The town's former large employer was in clothing manufacture for the big multiples,however this ended in the late 2000s.

This site was set up by an expat to see if anybody out there is interested in the town. Judging from the feedback, there is some demand. Hopefully, by browsing this site, it won't just be the people of Zlotow who've heard of the place.

I do value your comments and contributions. I read all feedback, although I'm notoriously unreliable for replying to them. Most feedback is for lots more historical information. Being a sea-port, the goole genes have spread around the world and people are trying trace their ancestors. There is now a lot more of this, which hopefully will be of interest to people in the town as well.

William Hamond Bartholomew succeeded his father T. H. Bartholomew in 1853 and introduced the Tom Pudding system of compartment boats, which could carry around 40 long tons (41,000 kg) of coal in 1863. On reaching the docks, the barges were lifted by large hoists, from which they could be discharged directly into seagoing ships, a system which proved so successful that it competed against rail until 1985.[6]

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