In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Goole like this:
Goole, market town, river port, township, and ry. terminus, Snaith par., E. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, on r. Ouse, at its confluence with the Don, 23 miles SW. of Hull and 189 miles NW. of London by rail -- town, pop. 10,418; township, 4838 ac., pop. 4823; P.O., T.O. 2 Banks, 4 newspapers. Market-day, Wednesday. The prosperity of the town dates from 1829, when it was made a bonding port. Large docks have since been erected to meet the requirements of a rapidly extending export and home trade. The exports are mostly coal, machinery, and woollen goods. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) Iron-founding, shipbuilding, and the mfr. of alum, sugar, cordage, and agricultural implements form the principal industries. Goole is a well-built town, having numerous fine buildings and extensive warehouses.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Goole has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of East Riding of Yorkshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Goole and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Goole, in East Riding of Yorkshire and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 07th December 2013
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