Saturday 31 December 2022

Happy New Year

 I am writing this on a gloomy Saturday afternoon, the last in 2022 and the last day of the year.  We have had great heat and extreme cold - I hope that 2023 will bring calmer weather. My snowdrops and daffodils are well up  and, as my mother used to say when she wrote Country Notes in the Goole Times. every day is ' a cockstride lighter'.

I am looking forward to seeing friends in both Skelton and Goole history groups which resume in a few days but in the meantime  I have been busy sorting out old photos.  I have put 60 of them into a slideshow which I hope will work.  They are a varied selection from some of the local villages - some coloured and others left black and white. They are by no means all I have of the villages included but I hope they will entertain on this New Year's Eve. 

Best wishes for 2023.

Saturday 12 November 2022


 Now it's November and although the leaves are still on the trees it is time to light the log burner in the evenings.  We are still picking up windfall apples- which the pheasants are enjoying too - but soon surely we will have a frost and they will get frozen.

This blog post is about Eastrington, the village where I was brought up and my ancestors inhabited for  well over 350 years.

I have always been interested in local history and some few years ago now wrote a comprehensive history of the village which I have sent all over the world to descendants of Eastrington residents. I still have plenty of copies for sale. You can buy them either from Chappelows in Howden or the hair salon in Eastrington

 I have recently kindly been given a lot of pictures by Mrs Doreen Wilde who has moved away from Howden and wished her pictures to 'stay local'. Mrs Wilde, before her marriage to Frank, was Doreen White and was brought up at Eastrington brickyard. Her parents, Cecil and Louie lived there and Cecil ran the brickyard, succeeding his father Walter.  

The brickyard at Eastrington had come into being when the Hull and Selby railway was built  [it opened in 1840] and  a seam of clay was found during the construction. The land, Stone bridge close, which  became the brickyard, had once belonged to my ancestor George Wise Nurse who built and lived in The Laurels.

An early owner of the brickworks was Richard Graves, a Broomfleet brickmaker who built two cottages on the 10 acre site. He sold it to John Watson in 1855 who was the older brother of George Slater's wife Jane. George and Jane  already lived in one of the cottages and  lived at the brickyard for the rest of their lives.

The brickyard remained in the extended Watson family until it was bought by another brickmaker Johnson Ducker of Melton in the parish of North Ferriby.  Johnson's daughter Elizabeth had fallen in love with a young railwayman, originally from Devon called Walter White. The young couple married in 1896 and their son Stephen Ducker White was born in 1897, followed by Maria and Dorothy.

Walter was still working as a signalman but soon afterwards his father in law bought the Eastrington brickyard and the family moved there with Walter Cecil and Catherine being born at the brickyard.

Then came the First World War and Stephen joined up. He was awarded the Military Medal as reported in the Hull Daily Mail of  29th December 1917.

EASTRINGTON'S FIRST MILITARY MEDALLIST. Bombardier Stephen White, R.F.A., M.M. son of Mr and Mrs W. White, Stonebridge House, Eastrington, who lias been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in action, is the first of Eastrington's sons to win distinction in the field. 

Bombardier White, who has been attached  to the Battery as gun layer since May, 1916, and was early in present promoted, has been for many months in the thick of the fighting, including  at Cambrai. Writing home, he says: 

"We have had all awful experience, and I thought we had already seen all the horrors of battle; but it was nothing in comparison to this. Really, I had no time to think until was over. The following day the C.O. came whilst  I was working the gun, and said he had selected me to go to artillery school down the line, where 1 should get rest from this for a while. Whilst on parade a few days later the officer called me out and toldme J had won the Military Medal for devotion to duty and work done on November 30th."' 

Bombardier White was educated the Hull Grammar School, and at the time of joining H.M. Forces 1915, was hon. secretary of the Eastrington Wesleyan Sunday School. He was drafted to Ireland, where he went for examination in  gun laying, and out of ten candidates he was the only one who obtained t.he maximum marks of 100. He is  a grandson of the late Mr Johnson Ducker, of North Ferriby.

Stephen later settled at Newland where his family still live today. 

Walter White built four houses on the north side of Howden Road for his family and the brickyard supplied bricks and tiles for many local building projects as well as drainpipes for local farmers.

It eventually passed to Walter's son Cecil and then when he retired it was bought by the Howden Rural District Council and used as a refuse tip. This became something of a problem as there was often a pall of smoke from it over the village and it became a magnet for  scrap dealers who swarmed over the tip and parked in the lanes nearby.

In 1976 the council proposed buying the old railway ponds to dump more rubbish in  and  there were many objections.  At the time my mother, Joan Watson, was both a local teacher and parish councillor. She often took her classes on nature walks down Westfield Lane and I remember her, with the other councillors,  showing representatives from the then Boothferry council round the site and proposing it as a nature reserve.

And of course it is now a very popular local amenity.

Walter White and his family were staunch supporters of Eastrington chapel which sadly recently closed. Its history will be the subject of a later post.

If anyone is interested in seeing a slide show of the village I shall be showing pictures in Skelton village hall at 1.30 on Monday 21st November to the small local history group which meets there. If you would like to come please contact me for details on as it is only a small hall!!!

 Eastrington brickyard

Eastrington brickyard

Walter and Elizabeth White

Taken on the lawn at Eastrington brickyard
Catherine 'Girlie' White, Phyllis Patchett, Cecil White, Jack Heald, Dorothy Heald, Dorrie White, Marie White, Barbara Brown
Front : Ethel Louise White, Johnson White

Wednesday 12 October 2022

Howden history exhibition

And quite suddenly it is autumn. The leaves are coming off the trees - Molly brings them into the kitchen and drops them as a present for us on the floor. My hanging baskets are looking sad and we are inundated with apples. My favourites are those from my Improved Cockpit tree. When I was a child there was one in the garden at Eastrington and so we planted one here. It is a Yorkshire variety and has a unique  nutty/ liquorice flavour - it is versatile and can be used for both cooking and eating as a dessert apple.  

I was very sad to see that Eastrington chapel had been forced to close. The last service was on 25th September and I know of at least one lady who had been attending for well over 50 years. I have been given a collection of pictures  by  Mrs Doreen Wilde whose family, the Whites had been involved with the running of the chapel for  at least three generations. The Bell family of Portington, friends of John Wesley, had supported the chapel in earlier times. It is said that Wesley spent his last night in Yorkshire at Portington.

On the general  history front I seem to be juggling topics like plates.  I have been researching a Hull family for a local lady and have become entangled with a vast number of branches of  a family called Purdon.

And  nearer home I have been looking at the history of Howden. The Howden civic society is holding an exhibition in the Shire hall on Saturday and Sunday, 15th and 16th  of October about the heritage of the town. I have been printing out a lot of my old photographs in preparation.

It is surprising how much Howden has changed in my time. Last evening I gave a talk to the members of Howden WI which I entitled The changing face of Howden and found that around half the audience had moved into Howden within the last ten years and were fascinated to see pictures of what Howden looked like before some of the newer developments. Examples are the demolition of the police station on Bridgegate and its replacement by the PA building; the site of the workhouse later the site of the ambulance station on Knedlington Road, now new houses and the Marsh as it was with its newly dug ponds but with no trees or bushes.

And not forgetting the history of Goole. Maybe not as old as Howden but our small research group has been looking at why Jackson Street and Montagu streets are so called. 

Plenty then to keep me busy when the clocks change and the evenings are darker.

 Howden marsh

 The old police station still just visible on the right

  The workhouse on Knedlington Road

Monday 12 September 2022

Death of the queen

 When I began to write this post I had watched the Queen, frail but bright welcoming our new prime Minister. Then came the shocking news of her death only two days later. I think it will take some time for the news to sink in. Like so many I can only ever remember there being a Queen - indeed my middle name is Elizabeth. It is a strange time.

 I am already in fact quite late in writing this post -  I seem to have missed a month but have a good excuse as after managing to avoid Covid all this time I got it and have found it  more debilitating than I thought. Certainly more than a slight cold. I was very sorry to miss most of the Goole History group exhibition at the Junction in Goole as it was our first one for over two years and it's always nice to talk to people about the local history of the area.

The garden was, like everybody's, very dry but here in East Yorkshire we have had some heavy downpours recently and the grass is beginning to green up. My chickens, which I got as very young birds, will hardly know what to do when we do get rain but will, I hope, enjoy it when the weeds in their pen start to grow!

But  I  am now looking forward to the various history groups I go to in Goole and Skelton restarting after the summer break. Our first Thursday morning in Goole [22nd September] will be a chance for everyone to talk about their various summer projects whilst at Skelton [ 3rd October] we are beginning with a talk on Holme on Spalding Moor. Anyone interested in these groups is welcome to  send me a message through my website

One of my own recent projects has been having a look at local mills. I have always been interested and someone on a local facebook page mentioned the mill at Goole Fields. I wrote a blog post about it many years ago - it was a tower mill known as Birks' mill and replaced  a smock mill which stood on the river bank.

 This is  Broadbent's mill, a smock mill,  which stood on the present site of Goole docks

Almost every village had its own mill and as it is so flat here it was ideally suited for windmills. Many initially were post mills but they were prone to blowing over.

I found a piece in the Hull newspaper after a terrible storm in January 1839. 

HOWDEN. One the pinnacles fell from the ruins the Collegiate Church ; some large pieces of lead were blown off the church roof; the streets were strewed with fragments of chimney-pots. In the country, we are sorry to learn, consequences more disastrous have been experienced. At Breighton, six barns were blown down, and one man bad his thigh broken, and another his leg fractured. Two barns were also blown down at Kilpin. The lofty chimney, belonging Mr. Ward's tannery, of Kilpinpike, fell down. The Hail Mill, near Howden, occupied by Mr. David Morritt, was blown down, and also two, others at Barmby. We are sorry to hear that seventeen mills have been blown down within ten miles of Howden. About forty or fifty large trees were blown down in the grounds of P. Saltmarshe, Esq. and the neighbourhood.

I tried to work out where these seventeen mills were and wished they had been named.  Several post mills were replaced by tower mills and some of these do survive, some converted in houses  [Heron's, Goole Fields and even a cafe [ Timms']. I have been trying to find pictures of some of them but sometimes all that remains is a name - Mill house or Mill lane.

I am presently on the trail of a postmill which stood in the south field of Hook in 1834. I have found it on an 1852 OS map [thanks  to my friends P and P] and think the site was under what is now the Hook railway bridge.

I have collected many pictures of tower mills but this one of Flatfield Mill at Howden is one of the few post mill pictures I have.

Howden, Flatfield Mill

And appropriately I was listening to the radio yesterday and there was an interview with a volunteer at Holgate Mill in York. He was explaining how there was a language of mill sails.   And how to leave the sails just past vertical was a sign of mourning- which they were going to do.  Although both the pictures I have put on here seem to have sails in that position!

Sunday 24 July 2022

The Green family of Old Goole

 Thank goodness it has cooled down and I  can water my tomatoes in the greenhouse only once a day. Every time I looked at them they were drooping. As were Molly the dog and Poppy the cat not to mention their humans.

But while it was so hot I  needed no excuse to sit at the computer and undertake some family history work for a family who had origins in Leeds and a connection to Goole. It was very interesting  as the first generation I looked at lived in Hunslet and worked as glass blowers. Further back there were four generations of stone masons. One poor man was working on the canal basin in Leeds when a large block of stone fell on him and he was killed.

Another interesting family I have been looking at was the Green family of Goole. John Green who died in 1907 had a great influence on our present Goole street scene.

He was a sailor, born in 1841 in Leeds and married Caroline Brown in Goole in 1861 when she was 18. By 1871 he was a bootmaker living in Ouse Street and in 1881 a master bootmaker in Bridge Street. From here he built a small local empire but no-one [and I am in touch with his descendants] seems to know how he financed it.

In 1882 he was advertising a new shop to let 'on the Bridge' consisting of 4 bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen, scullery and pantry.

In  March 1889 the Goole Times reported that

 The Old Vicarage.—This valuable piece of property has been purchased by Mr John Green, Bridge-street. The site occupies 1077 yards, and it is understood to be Mr Green’s intention to pull down the present structure and build shops.

By August an advert appeared as follows

To Builders. TENDERS are invited for the Erection  of SIX SHOPS, &c., in Boothferry-road, Goole. Plans and Specifications can be seen at Mr John Green's Boot Depot, Bridge-street, Goole, from Monday, August 19, to Saturday, August 31, 1880, both inclusive, and tenders must be sent in to the above named, not later than Monday, the 2nd September. The lowest- or any tender not necessarily accepted.

The new block of buildings was opened on May 3rd 1890. It was built partly around the old vicarage, as can still  be seen from Stanhope Street. This was a new street opened in September 1890.

The picture below shows John Green's new buildings in the centre. Part were named St John's Buildings as the vicarage was for the vicar of nearby St John's church. They were sold in 1914 by the executors of his estate.

Looking down Stanhope Street, new in 1890

The following year, in August 1891 John Green bought a large amount of property including Bleak House on the corner of the Ouse and the Dutch River. The property included a farm and most of the houses and cottages around what is known as Hunt's Corner. He paid almost £9000 in all and moved into Bleak House.

He and his wife had a family of 14 children between 1862 and 1888: 10 girls and 4 boys. Their names were [with married names of the girls in brackets]: Polly (Mary) (Marshall) 1862 - 1900; Ada Florence (Eland) 1865 - 1943; Minnie 1867 - 1927; Annie  1869 - 1914; Ernest 1871 - 1944; Nora (Dyson) 1873 - 1962; Olive (Williams) 1875 - 1950; Edith (Berryman) 1876 - 1913;  Carrie (Caroline) (Shute)  1978 - 1943; Louis 1880 - 1910; Arthur Richard 1882 - 1901; Ethel Pauline (Ogle) 1883 - 1964; Maud Eveline (Walker) 1886 - 1978 and John Andrew 1888 - 1956. 

Some of these children had amazing lives abroad and some stayed in the Yorkshire area but their lives are well documented - including stage performers, American socialites and a companion to the South African president's wife during the Boer war.

For example in America Ethel married Charles Ogle whose perhaps most iconic and memorable role was as the screen's very first Frankenstein monster in Thomas Alva Edison's silent version of Frankenstein  in 1910. 

As they say - Old Goole for talent!

Ada Green outside the Green family's boot emporium. It does not look all that impressive!


 Bleak House, Old Goole


Sunday 26 June 2022

Howden pubs

 Looking back the last post I wrote was just before we celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee - we actually ate our afternoon tea indoors but enjoyed it just the same. English weather!

And now we are in a mini heat wave and watering our potatoes whilst picking gooseberries and raspberries.

But there is still time for some local history. On Tuesday the two history groups I belong to - about 20 of us - visited Barmby on the Marsh church. The church was declared redundant and is now owned by the Friends of Friendless Churches who have restored it to good condition but without taking away its essential  character. I gave a brief talk on its history and then after having a good look round we moved on to Barmby Methodist church for tea and cakes. There we were ' regally' entertained with lovely cakes, tea served in china cups and all whilst sitting round tables laid with white cloths and adorned with vases of  Sweet Williams. A lovely afternoon.

I have been having a look this week at Howden's pubs. I often get asked how many were there and the short answer is a lot!! and the longer answer is about 20 at any one time throughout the nineteenth century but it can be confusing. Some changed their names - eg the White Hart where cock fights took place became The Wellington, the Nag's Head became [the] Bowman's [ John Bowman bought it] while the Wheatsheaf became the Sloop, the Howden Packet and then the Wheatsheaf again.

And others lost their licences and disappeared after a new licensing act was passed and owners and tenants found  their pub was declared superfluous and were paid compensation. These included The Neptune in Pinfold St and Sheffield House on the corner of Station Road.

And of course more recently the White Horse has closed, as has the Black Swan which was renamed Minster View on Cornmarket Hill while the Board has become the Howden Arms.

I spend a lot of time researching on old newspaper sites and always get sidetracked. The Hull Daily Mail used to have a column entitled Heard in Howden Streets. In a way I think Facebook is our version of it!

So while trying to fix a date for the demolition of the Dog and Duck inn in Market Place  I came across  this article which was written at exactly this time of year over a hundred years ago. As I read it  I thought that although some things have changed dramatically -  eg the water supply - others are recognisable - lack of rain, Eastrington show and a  large concert in the Minster on July 9th. Plus ca change.

27th June 1913

HEARD IN HOWDEN STREETS. (from our own correspondent.) 

That, judging by the attendance at Mr Fenby's meeting on Saturday night, Liberalism seems somewhat flat  in Howden just now. 

That while the tuning of the organ of St Peter's was taking place, a dead starling was found blocking one of the pipes. 

That Col-Sgt. Levitt is having very busy time with his duties, in addition to those in connection with Company, including the Church Lads' Brigade, and the Police Station Rifle Range. 

That up to Tuesday night there had been no weight of rain for about six weeks, and many who rely on rainwater principally, have been in sore straits. 

That many are having to purchase drinking water at a halfpenny bucket from neighbours; the need of an efficient water supply was ever demonstrated. 

That people at Howdendyke are reported be drinking water from the River Ouse, while others are drawing their supply from sources of questionable purity. 

That while some farmers need rain badly for the crops (especially turnips), which are at a standstill, others require fine weather on account of the hay harvest. 

That the parish bellman complains bitterly that' his official uniform has not been supplied, as promised, by the authorities. 

That "Billy" [ he was the bellman or town crier] is becoming quite a quack doctor, his recent " cures" including corns, several damaged thumbs, cuts, bruises, and sprains. 

That the last vestige of the old Dog and Duck Inn and adjacent pork shop has now disappeared, opening out a splendid east view of the beautiful ruined choir of tho Parish Church. 

That Mr H. Bastow is  having very busy time in the handicapping line, his engagements far this season numbering nine, including North Cave, Spaldington, Barmby, and Howden. 

That the Show Committee on Monday arranged an attractive sports programme. 

That close upon 500  acres of the outlying portion of the [Knedlington] estate, the property of Mr Erie S. S. Rudd-Clarke, will come into the market next month. That this will one of, if not the, largest estates ever offered for sale at Howden. 

That the Hall rose garden presents a wealth of bloom, which, together with the newly designed rockeries, etc., for which the head gardener, Barker,  is responsible, is one the beauty spots of the town. 

That Mr Walter Shaw's beautiful mare, which carried everything before her at the Eastrington Show, was hand-reared as a foal, her mother dying when she was but a month old. 

That Mrs Jackson gave an enjoyable Wesleyan sewing meeting tea in The Ashes last week-end, from the proceeds of which the new Sunday school building fund benefited. 

That both adults and children spent a very happy evening after tea in games. 

That the preparations for the great choral festival at St. Peter's Church on July 9th are going well in the hands of the ladies' committee, who expect to entertain quite 300 visitors to tea. 

 This picture must have been taken about this time as the new market cross was erected in 1909 and the Dog and Duck and pork butcher's shop are still there. The building with its gable end on just to the left of the cross is now the Cheese Shop

Saturday 28 May 2022

Platinum jubilee

 Everyone is looking forward to the events to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee next week and so I thought I would look through my collection of old pictures to see how it was celebrated in  June 1953. Of course not so many people had easy access to cameras then so there are fewer than there will be from 2022! I have divided the pictures into two posts - East and West Riding- as in the old days

I have a good collection of photos from Skelton. Here is a selection


 Skelton outside the Scholfield Memorial Hall

 Skelton - having a good time

 I only have one from Eastrington copied from a family snap, showing my mother, Joan Watson on a lorry playing the  piano in the rain with typical enthusiasm.

Eastrington, celebrating in the rain

And here are some of Howden.  I think they are all of the Coronation

Howden Working men's club jazz band. Albert Hellens with the drum

Who is he? Outside the pavilion

Don't know anything about this one

 Queens  of the past - Believed to be from left Eileen Holliday,   possibly  Mrs Winn, Mrs Barnes,Noreen Milnes, Rita ? Sheppard from White Horse 

Thursday 28 April 2022

Goole old bottles

 I have just had a walk round the garden and not only is everything very dry but it is cold too. Definitely back to wearing a fleece weather. But the forecast promises sunshine this weekend so I live in hope.

On a historical front I seem to have been leaping from topic to topic. Last week I gave a talk to the Snaith and District Men's Association.  I have been giving talks to this group for many years and was so pleased to see them again after a long Covid gap. I had put together a new presentation based on the book Puppets in Yorkshire by Walter Wilkinson  and which took us on a journey from Thorne to Eastrington in 1930. The descriptions of this rural walk with his puppet theatre Walter wrote evoked a long gone age.

I am also busy updating a presentation  on the history of Saltmarshe hall. It includes a  longer section on the connections between Anne Lister aka Gentleman Jack and the Rawson family of Halifax. Philip Saltmarshe married Elizabeth Rawson and it was their son who built the present hall, with quite a lot of financial help from his Rawson family.

And finally I have been interested in a couple of queries about old bottles on the All about Goole facebook page. I have long been interested in collecting them and  finding out about the stories behind the names

The first query was about a bottle embossed with the name Isaac Fawcett, Goole. I have a Fawcett and Carabine bottle and have managed to find out a little about the firm. I cannot find much about Isaac but in 1891 Thomas Henry Carabine with his family was living in Avenue House, Fourth Avenue and was a rag merchant. He probably built  the house and warehouse and certainly later operated the mineral water business from no.1 Fourth Avenue. This is now the premises of Bridal Oasis.

Fawcett and Carabine went bankrupt in 1897 and everything was sold in January 1898.  The business seems very well equipped and one wonders whether  the Carabines bought the equipment back somehow

The sale  included : One Crossley's gas engine 2.h.p., with all fittings complete, and wood casing; soda machine, by Galloway, Bolton ; syphon filler, turnover machine., boiler and chimney, pump and fittings, Robert's patent filter, 2 wash tubs with syringes, pipes, and taps complete; gasometer, corking machine. 3 syrup pans (double cased), 2 good slate tanks and stand, main and other shafting, pulleys, carriages, and wall boxes, water tank to hold 1,704  gallons, bottle syphon and tray, slow combustion stove, syrup jars, syrup barrels, gantries, carboy and frame, 250 gross corks, about 296 Gross Pint, 4-Pint, Screw, Stone and other Bottles, about 1,500 Bottle Cases, 2 dozen syphon cases, 14 gross syphon, about 4 tons broken bottles, oak barrel,  guards, armlets, gauntlets, brass. taps, scales and weights, various. essences, weighing machine, 2 mahogany doors., winch, etc.

 Also six horses -  chestnut mare (Gipsy) 5 years; bay horse (Tinker), 6 years; bay horse Charlie), 7 years; bay horse (Tom); bay mare (Kitty); bay horse (Tender). 2 strong lorries., spring cart, dog cart. pair dray lamps, pair gig lamps, corn bin, water tub,  chopper, dray brake, ladder, bench and vice, stool, office chair, wood partition, nest of drawers, 1 set double harness, ditto silver mounted, 3 sets single harness, 2 collars, rope traces, forks, shovels, and stable utensils. 

Mrs Ann Carabine took over the licence after the bankruptcy and Carabines continued in business for many years thereafter.

But in 1916 an advert appeared for the business  -

Good Mineral Water Business to Let, excellent aerated water plant, artesian well, sanitary factory; good connection; owner called up; immediate possession. Apply Carabine and Co., Goole.

There were three sons, one of whom, John was killed in the war. Thomas Henry died in 1929.

Several other Goole bottles were then pictured on the facebook post. One was an unusual Richard Ward of Aire Street bottle 

Richard Ward who died in 1888 at the age of 45 was a wine and spirit merchant, licensed victualler and staunch Conservative. He laid the foundation stone for the new Conservative club in Carlisle street. At his death he was a member of the Goole Board of Guardians, the Goole School Board, and the Goole Burial Board. He was also a director of the Goole and Hull Steam Towing Company, Limited, and was interested in most of the local limited companies. He had only recently married and his widow Jane continued to live in their house in Burlington Crescent.

Another bottle was embossed with the name of John Law and the word Mackintoh [sic]. John/ Jack had the misfortune to be the subject of the first inquest to be held in the Macintosh in 1903 after he died there as a result of a fall.

And many people in the area have Short family bottles. Shorts' business was on the corner of First Avenue/ Pasture Road and was eventually taken over by Littlewoods. 

John Short began business in Doyle street as a fish dealer. His son Edwin moved to the newly built premises on Pasture Road around 1887 and combined mineral water manufacturing with selling fruit and game.

 An advert in the Goole Times of 1895 reads as follows:

 The drink of the season  - Edwin Short's non alcoholic dandelion and sarsparilla porter. 

 April 16 1895. I hereby certify that I have submitted to a searching  Chemical Analysis a sample of  the Dandelion and Sarsaparilla Porter’ manufactured by EDWIN SHORT Goole and find that it has been, prepared solely from Materials of the highest quality. It has an agreeable and palatable flavour, is entirely free from mawkishneas,  is bright and sparkling in appearance, and possesses, in pleasant form, important dietetic, tonic, and restorative properties. This is practically non-alcoholic in character, containing but an infinitesimal proportion of spirit and is absolutely free from anything of an undesirable or extraneous nature.

signed Granville H Sharpe,  Analyst, late Principal of Liverpool College of Chemistry.” Manufactured solely by EDWIN SHORT, Red Cross Crated Water Manufacturer.

  Edwin Short died in 1899 and his sons Walter and George then ran the business as Short bros.

And I think that there were several other mineral water manufacturers in Goole, as well of course as the North Street brewery.

Sunday 3 April 2022

The Clarkes of Knedlington

 Now we are in April, the clocks have changed giving us an extra hour in the evenings and I have been transplanting rasp canes so that they are in rows rather than thickets. But on Thursday morning we woke up to snow - an early April fool joke? - and last night we had a hard frost.

I have been researching two local families about which I did not know as much as I should. The Clarke family who played a large part in Howdenshire's history in the nineteenth century.

They owned the Knedlington estate which included large parts of Asselby and Barmby. Thomas Clarke  was born at Spaldington and baptised at Bubwith in 1796. He was the only son of William Clark of Spaldington and his wife Ann [nee Elmer].

In the eighteenth century the Clarke family home seems to have been at Prickett hill, not far from Wressle. It was a large farm, part of the Wressle estate and John Clarke, probably Thomas' uncle lived there all his life, dying there aged 80 in  1822.

Thomas married in 1825, Sarah, eldest daughter of the Rev Eric Rudd of Thorne.  The couple had four sons but only one survived their parents.  Mr Clarke was prominent in local affairs and was involved with the restoration work of the church, the building of the Howden workhouse and the Shire Hall. He lived initially at Knedlington Old Hall but in 1841-2 he built a new hall which he called Knedlington Manor. It consisted of 33 rooms and was designed by Weightman and Hadfield of Sheffield in the Tudor style. There were formal grounds containing several American trees grown from seeds imported by William Cobbett, the famous 19th century pamphleteer and horticulturist.

After the death of Thomas Sinclair Clarke the estate passed to the Rudd family. The last of the Clarkes to live at Knedlington was Eric de Siobalde Sutherland Rudd-Clarke, who died  in 1925. The Manor was sold in 1930 to James 'Jimmy' Mortimer, an entrepreneur! Mr Rudd Clarke's widow married Rev Waring, the vicar of Howden.

Thomas Clarke's Knedlington manor

Knedlington Manor was demolished in the 1950s.

The other family I have been looking at is the Andertons who lived at Howdendyke and owned the chemical fertiliser works there. The first of the family to live there was George Anderton who bought the site in 1857 and built a fertiliser works there. Soon afterwards there was a tragedy  when the new chimney at the works fell and killed seven workmen.

After George's death his son George Herbert took over.  He had a younger brother, Frederick who died aged 19 a month after George celebrated his 21st birthday. GH was known as a benevolent employer. It was said that he never made any worker retire - as long as they could appear at the works they were paid even if they couldn't really work.

After his death in 1907 his widow Laura commissioned a new pulpit in Howden church in his memory. It was carved by Messrs Elwell of Beverley. It is of course still there and in use.

The plaque to G  H Anderton on the wall of Howden Minster erected by his workmen

He had two children, Maud and Eric. Maud married Richard Pilling of Welton hall and this couple took over the works after Eric was killed aged 22 in 1918.

The Plaque to Eric Asquith Anderton in Howden Minster

The family lived in Kilpin Lodge and 'ran' the village of Howdendyke until the late 1950s. There is still a fertiliser works there but many of the houses have been demolished.

It is an interesting commentary on how times have changed that local communities are rarely as influenced  today by resident families as Knedlington and Howdendyke once were.



Saturday 12 March 2022

Howden education, Howdendyke and Hook Road

 Since my last post a lot has happened in the world. Covid seems to be something we are all learning to live with and instead we are all now watching the awful events in Ukraine. Not only is it a tragedy for all those being bombed and displaced but it is having a dramatic effect already here at home. I am gathering fallen branches ready for the woodburner as domestic heating oil prices have tripled and we don't have any gas out here in what The Times in an article called 'a remote community'.

More mundanely the garlic is doing well and we have put an upturned black dustbin over the rhubarb although not much is happening in there yet.

I have been preparing a presentation on education in Howden  beginning with the Grammar school in the church and coming up to the present schools. The Howden senior school badge incorporates the original grammar school badge which in turn was the coat of arms of Walter Skirlaw, as well as referencing the horse fair, the market cross and Howden's connections with the bishop of Durham. It was designed by teacher and organist Ted Stockdale.

Earlier this week a friend and I walked around Howdendyke in preparation for a talk about the village at our small Skelton history group. So much of the village was demolished in order to make way for the fertiliser works to expand and it is difficult to work out where many of the old pictures we have were taken.

Meanwhile the other group I attend in Goole has spent several weeks moving slowly along Hook Road looking at the houses in a sort of version of a 'house through time'. Using newspaper and census records as well as pictures [ thanks to Gilbert Tawn who has photographed them all] we have looked at the dates and names of the houses and tried where we can to trace where their names were from and who lived in them.

We have also talked of Christ Church and its ministers, possibly also  the  site of an early Goole Grammar school, of Richard Cooper's original Phoenix iron foundry, a Palace of Varieties and Herons' mill.

This week we looked at Nunraw, so called as in 1923 it became the home of the Milner family. The family of course still has the florists' shop  in Boothferry Road. An early Mrs Milner came from Nunraw in Scotland.

Let us hope that by the time  I write my next blog post  there will be peace in the Ukraine.

 A very rural view of Goole's Hook Road

Saturday 19 February 2022

Snowdrops and Sandhall

I am sitting at the computer looking at the garden trees swaying gently in the wind. I think that Storm Eunice concentrated her fury in the south and let us off lightly. Although sometimes I wonder whether it is best not to follow these dramatic warnings and just wait for the weather to do its thing - as our forefathers did.

Our snowdrops have put on an excellent show this year and have spread even further than last year.  The hellebores are not quite in flower and neither are the daffodils. But I have been buying seeds and am looking forward to getting some tomatoes started on the windowsill.

It has been busy too on the history front. I have been looking at a family who emigrated from East Yorkshire to South Africa in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The branch I have been looking at were a couple who married in 1890 in Howden church. William Buttle Turner who was from Allerthorpe and Caroline 'Carrie' Hart went to live in an area near Camperdown where extended family already lived.

Caroline was the daughter of Anelay Hart who was the farm bailiff and later a tenant of  the home farm at Sandhall near Howden. The Scholfield family who owned the Sandhall estate  were prominent in the life of Howdenshire and were great benefactors to the area.  For example the aptly named Scholfield memorial hall in Skelton was built for the community as a school and church combined.

Two of the magnificent Capronnier windows in the west front of Howden Minster are dedicated to members of the family. The central window is  dedicated to William and Ann Scholfield

To the glory of God this window is dedicated. It also bears witness to the love and gratitude of the eight surviving children of William and Ann Scholfield of Sandhall whose married life lasted more than fifty seven years. William Scholfield born February 28 1774. Died August 8 1854 and his wife born June 27 1773. Died August 18 1856. They are buried in the Chapter House of this church.

 The right hand window is dedicated to their son Robert.  Underneath the script reads

 To the glory of God and in affectionate remembrance of Robert Scholfield esq of Sandhall in this parish. This window is erected by his sorrowing friends and neighbours. He died January 11th 1868 aged 64 years

 The Capronnier window dedicated to Robert Scholfield.

There is also another magnificent window in Doncaster Minster dedicated to Robert's brother Dr Edward Scholfield. 

In complete contrast to this the history group I attend in Goole has been looking at the development of Hook Road in the town, most of which was built in the late nineteenth century and occupied by seafarers and their families and the professional classes. It is our eventual intention to write the material up  and make it  freely available. We are particularly interested in trying to find out where some of the house names originated.

Saturday 22 January 2022

Hook chapels

 We are in a run of sunny, frosty weather, perfect for dog walking but not so good for the oil tank which will soon need re-filling. But we are seeing signs of spring. The snowdrops - and we have a lot - are just beginning to show white and the daffodil spikes are getting taller.

 I have been busy loading pictures into my new website [ not yet online] and also looking at a family history which has been very interesting as the people all lived locally and it  is easier to envisage their lives when I know the area. There is a lot can be found online about families, particularly on the old newspaper sites but nothing can beat  being familiar with the towns and villages mentioned.

Last week  the small  local history group I attend in Goole met again after the Christmas break. We meet on a Thursday morning in the Oddfellows hall and talk about the history of Goole and the surrounding area. Some of us have been researching for many years and continue to do so, others just come to listen and join in the discussions and we have new members who have not long lived in the area. It is surprising what a wealth of knowledge there is around the table.

This week we were talking about Hook and its chapel[s]. One of our group had noticed this building which we thought was surely a former chapel. It looks like so many local chapels


 Howden St John St

So we are seeing what we can find out. We have consulted the Hook history book which told us that the 'new' chapel was built in 1874/5.

The Goole and Marshland Weekly Times, Friday, 22nd Jan 1875 reports its opening

The first Wesleyan chapel built at Hook was erected in 1816, the second in 1836, and now 1875 has seen the opening of a third place of worship, rendered necessary in the first place by the increasing congregation and in the next by the want of suitable accommodation for the Sunday school.
Mr James Armitage offered a piece of land at the corner of the roads which meet nearly in the centre of the village, and funds being forthcoming it was decided to build at once. Mr Bairstow, of Selby, was the architect, Mr Elliott and Mr Appleyard, of Goole, the contractors, while the foundation stone was laid at Whitsuntide by Mr W. Dyson, of York.  

I am sure we shall find out more  but would be interested in any further information or pictures. We believe that the old chapel building was used as a Sunday school but for how long? And anyone who wants to join us on Thursday mornings would be most welcome.

Thursday 6 January 2022

Release of the 1921 census

 As I write this it is frosty outside and the car windscreen is frozen.This is in contrast to the very warm weather we had over Christmas - which made it easy to keep the windows open when visitors came as we are still in the grip of Covid. I am hoping that when I read back over these blog posts in future months we shall remember this time but be socialising normally without taking tests before we go out. 

I received some lovely Christmas presents and have plenty to read but the tree is now out and the decorations back in their boxes. 

So now it is 2022 and as a family historian I am looking forward to exploring the 1921 census which has been released today on Find my Past. Only problem is that you cannot get a transcript or original image without paying, even  if you have a subscription. But you can search for free and when I searched for my mother, Joan Nurse b 1918 in Eastrington I could see she was there and it told me that also on the page were Robert and Elsie, her parents. It correctly identified the Howden area where she was but said she was in Eastington in Gloucestershire. So a few teething problems!

 80 years ago, January 1st 1942 Joan Nurse married Douglas Watson at Eastrington church. Soon after he was sent to serve in North Africa where he remained for three years. After his return  my parents  remained in Eastrington for the rest of their lives and taught many generations of children at Howden and Eastrington schools.

After the popularity of the newspaper snippets in my last blog post here are a few more - this time from 1922

April 1922

For sale— Argyll (15 9) 2 seater  car, sporting type JJ body, 1914 model, sleeve vale engine, CAV. lighting, Autovac petrol feed. Very smooth and silent; £250— J. Mortimer, The Gables, Eastrington.

For sale —Ford Car, 5-seater, 1920, fully licensed and insured;  in splendid condition; £135. Any trial examination.—J Mortimer, The Gables, Eastrington.

 Station Road Eastrington from a colour postcard.
The Gables can just be seen in the background on the left.

James Edward Mortimer was an entrepreneur born in Cleckheaton who built The Gables, then bought and moved to Knedlington manor and then finally to Howden hall where he died in 1946.

July 1922 Hull Daily Mail

Hull market .There was a great glut of mushrooms  today  in the Shambles and shops, Mrs Lilley, of Eastrington, bringing in 1,000 lbs, which sold from 6d to ls per lb.

Aug 1922

HOWDEN. OBITUARY.—The remains of the late Arthur Britton, who for the past seven years had been proprietor of the Bowman's Hotel, were interred in the churchyard Saturday afternoon, the Rev A. Waring officiating. The chief mourners were:—Mrs Britton (widow), Mrs Angus, Mrs Oakes, Miss Gladys Britton, and Miss Kathleen Britton (daughters), Mr and Mrs Hargreaves (uncle and aunt), Mrs Wraight, Mr W. Ayland, Major, Mrs Cockroft and Mrs H. Cockroft. Floral tributes were sent by the widow and family, and Mrs Hargreaves, Mrs Wraight, and Mrs G. Moore, Mr and Mrs Blakey, Miss A. Newman, Miss N. Dealtry, Mr and Mrs J. Good, and Mrs B. Shaw, and the Howden Licensed Victuallers'Assoc. The deceased gentleman's dog followed the coffin to the Parish Church, and remained in tho building during the service, afterwards accompanying the funeral party  to the graveside, where it stood and gazed down at the coffin. 

Aug 1922

HOWDEN. OCTOGENARIAN'S DEATH:- The death of Mrs Jane Laughton has removed one of Howden's oldest residents. Deceased, who was the widow of the late Mr George Laughton, blacksmith, was 80 years of age, and was born in the same house in Flatgate in which she died. The funeral, which took place on Monday afternoon, was conducted by.the Rev Kellett (curate)

Nov 1922

 A remarkable story of life-saving by telephone. While travelling from Selby to Howden on the L. and N.W. express on Saturday, two business men, Messrs Croft and Usher, looking out ot the window near Wressle, saw field alongside the line a bull, apparently its knees, attacking with its horns a young hoy, who was lying on the ground. I did not know whether to pull the communication cord or not," said Usher to a newspaper representative afterwards, but both Mr Croft and he instantly got out notebooks and scribbled notes follows "Bull killing boy in behind Wressle Station.' and threw these notes out as we passed level crossings. Arriving at Howden, Croft raced to the signal-box. The signalman quickly notified Wressle Station by 'phone, and the staff raced to the rescue. The child's life was saved, though he was badly mauled  by the bull. He is the nine-year-old son of a  farmer named Wood.