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History on the quayside

[ June 17, 2016   //   ]

ABP and Historic England are working together to restore a piece of port and shipping history. The 100-year-old boat hoist standing guard over the Port of Goole’s South Dock is undergoing a £200,000 programme of refurbishment to guarantee its future.

It was built in 1912 to transfer coal coming down the inland waterways into the holds of waiting ships ready for export and, amazingly, it was still in use into the 1980s; it was only the closure of Yorkshire’s coal mines that saw it fall into disuse.

Restoration works were last undertaken in 2006 and this latest programme of restoration saw a £135,000 investment by ABP, which was match-funded by Historic England. The entire project is expected to be complete by 2019.

ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole, Mark Frith said: “We have always been mindful of the importance of the hoist to the people of Goole and of our role as custodians of the structure.”

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