The Town of Goole
Goole, home to 20,000 people, is just inside the western boundary of the East Riding of Yorkshire, with South Yorkshire to the west and Lincolnshire to the south. York, Hull and Doncaster are all roughly the same distance from the town. Just two miles from the M62, the town has excellent road links and train services on the Sheffield - Hull line (two and a half hours to London).
Situated approximately 50 miles from the sea, Goole is known as Britain's premier inland port. It has a wide range of facilities for handling unitised, bulk and general cargo with a particular strength in containers, steel and timber. The town is surrounded by farmland.
In March 2006, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council gave the go-ahead for a £237.5 million industrial development - Centreport - surrounding the new £115 million Guardian Glass factory, at Junction 36 of the M62, and the recently completed £65 million Tesco regional distribution centre. A new set of developments is now in progress with Siemens about to build a rail factory to make trains for London Underground.
The town's shops include a central pedestrianised precinct adjacent to Wesley Square shopping centre and Tesco Extra, Morrisons and Lidl supermarkets. The town's award-winning Junction theatre and cinema, opened in 2009, hosts a varied programme of events.
Goole was created in the 1820s by the Aire and Calder Navigation Company at the point where their canal reached the Ouse, allowing coal to be transferred from barges to ships. One of the first buildings was the Lowther Hotel, now the oldest in the country.
In 1848 St John's Church was consecrated and Goole became a Church of England parish. As the parish boundaries were set when the town was much smaller, the town has now outgrown them, spreading into the neighbouring parishes of Hook and Airmyn.
More details on Goole can be found in the links below:
Wikipedia article on Goole
Goole Town Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Port of Goole
The Junction, Goole's Arts Centre
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