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Posted by Steve on 27/09/2003

I was amazed to look on this website and see pictures of my grandparents' shop in Boothferry Road called Sheppards Music Shop. The shop was owned by my great-grandfather and then his son. My grandfather married the Saturday girl Alice and she ran the shop while Bert did repairs to the pianos and radios that were sold in the shop. Bert died in 1958 but Alice lived for many years in Scarborough and only died in 1999 aged 92. How lovely to see a photo of the shop. My mother and father and sister still live in Goole and I return often to visit.

Posted by Geoff on 24/03/2006

Uncle Cyril Storr had a butchers shop on Pasture Road. Auntie Vera Bateman had a pork butchers shop on Aire Street. I can remember her making sausages, back pudding, etc.

Posted by Pedro on 25/03/2006

The grocer shop at the end of Phoenix Street was Mrs Darley. The fish shop at the opposite side was Tommy Ramsker and the sweetshop was Rollinson.

We used to go through the arch into Marshfield Road to Dick Autys Butchers. Most of the residents in Phoenix and Richard Cooper Street had credit with him, paying at the weekend. Unfortunately during the war years he seemed to have nothing but corned beef and sausages.

Posted by Pedro on 29/03/2006

There was a photographers shop in Mariners Street by the North Eastern Hotel. Opposite was a garage and Seniors Newsagents. Later Mr Kitwood opened his cafe on the corner. Moving there from the cafe on Goole Station, later having quite a large bakery business in town.

Posted by David on 12/06/2006

The sun is shining and I am in the garden reading through past messages left, as an expat it is a pleasure. I recall a Mr Smithson visiting my grandparents in Jackson Street and leaving soot for the garden.

Talking of names and characters from years gone by how about Mr Doubtfire who sold ice cream; Mr Joy, he had a sweet shop in Jackson Street and Mr Cowling, he was the barber in the same street; not forgetting Charlie Gates the cobbler.

One other name that comes to mind is Mr Drury. For many years this gentleman was my grandfather's steward and when my grandfather retired, Mr Drury went with him and I have an idea he opened a (second hand) shop in a street where you caught the Blue and Cream bus to Brid. The story has it that Mr Drury saved my grandfather's life in 1918 when the REMUS was torpedoed off the Orkneys with the loss of five crew.

Posted by Bill on 18/09/2006

I remember Annie Wilson shop in Carlisle Street. She was really nice and friendly to kids who went there, gave us advice, eg. enjoy yourself while you're young and sold us single cigarettes. This would be 1961 or 1962. There was also a really nice sweetshop just up the street opposite the Tower Cinema.

Posted by Golden Oldie on 10/10/2006

I was reminded just today about my youth in Goole when I used one of my saws which I keep for use in my mitre-cutter. You can just make out the words "T S Kaye - Hull and Goole" etched on the blade. The shop was just round the corner into Pasture Road (the town end of course). That was a proper tool shop looked after by an old man in a buff-coloured warehouse coat and he wrapped everything up in a twist of brown paper.

Posted by David on 24/01/2007

Memories of a happy childhood spent in Goole.

Afternoon tea in Hackforths. Favourite seat at a table by the window overlooking Boothferry Road, in the company of my mother and various aunts. I spent my time watching the vehicles going by. For example a red steam lorry that spat cinders out and low loaders, RAF ones that had aircraft parts on them, I seem to think that Glews garage was taken over by the MoD or whatever government department was responsible in those days.

Later in life I became aware of the Art Deco frontage Hackforths had, I trust it has a preservation order on it.

Posted by Lorna on 24/06/2007

My great-great-grandparents ran the grocers shop at 42 Doyle Street in 1901. They had three sons Joseph, George and Harry. Harry was my grandfather who had a son named Eric but Eric's surname was Settle which was his mum's maiden name before she married Harry. Sadly Harry died in war after only being married four years. Does anyone have any info or photos of the Mortons or the shop? Thanks.

Posted by Mark on 21/11/2007

I remember going to a shop called Donahues for stuff for chemistry sets (no ban on kids playing with these sort of things then) and toys, etc.

Posted by Joanne on 13/01/2008

I lived in Fifth Avenue in the early-1970s and then, it had a lorry depot, and a lovely sweetshop/newsagents that sold those wonderful, triangular ice lollies. However, I seem to remember the shopkeeper to be very child unfriendly!

Posted by Geoff on 18/01/2008

I remember Whiteheads Sweetshop (early-1950s) opposite the Working Mens Club in Victoria Street. Mrs Whitehead usually served in the well-stocked shop. Mr Whitehead kept a horse in a stable at the rear of the shop which backed onto the Tower Theatre. He used the horse to pull a small cart from which he sold bundles of firewood for 3d.

Posted by Fiona on 21/01/2008

Does anyone remember this shop and know any more about it?

I grew up in Goole in the 1960s/1970s. I remember going in the shop with my parents in the late-1960s. It was on the Grammar School side of the crossing gates and sold "things for men". It was very un-Goole like and had quilted smoking jackets in a smaller than normal window. I think it also sold things like whisky, cigars, cigarette lighters and cigarette cases. I think it did a line in cravats and ties as well.

The people in Goole who I keep in touch with say I've imagined it.

Posted by Pedro on 21/01/2008

I never saw any smoking jackets but remember a small shop in the area selling a mish-mash of items including smoking items. Whisky - no, it would have had to be licenced. It later became a small sweetshop (now JustJents barber shop). Could this have been the one directly opposite the Goole Times?

Posted by David on 25/01/2008

Fiona is quite right about that "Little Shop". It stocked amongst other things Tootal ties and cravats of which I had a considerable number. I wouldn't be seen wearing them today but there was a time! Not living in Goole I was surprised (pleasantly I might add) to find such a shop that was on a par to Dunns, found in London at that period in time.

Posted by Fiona on 27/01/2008

Glad you remember that shop David, can you remember what it was called? Maybe I imagined the whiskey, as Pedro is right, it would have needed a licence, possibly it was licensed. A ten-year-old girl would not have cared; I just remember being a bit bored in there.

Posted by Tony on 24/03/2008

There were two gents outfitters on Boothferry Road as I recall. One next to Milners called Coopers, which also sold wines and spirits, and directly opposite was Donald Parishs. This would be in the early-1960s.

Posted by Fiona on 25/03/2008

Thank you, Coopers is the men's shop I have been wondering about. You are right it did sell spirits and things like cigarette lighters and smoking jackets. Knew I hadn't imagined it!

Posted by Pedro on 22/01/2008

God only knows how the shops made a profit with staff to pay, etc. Grocers Hackforths (still smell the aroma of ground coffee), Lipton, Home and Colonial, Meadow Dairy, Melliars, Maypole and others all within a stone's throw of each other. Before even going west of the crossing gates.

Other grocers were Ramsey, Gallons, Rudge, oh so many, not forgetting the Cooperative with your Divi number - today's equivalent of bonus points at Tesco. I do remember paying shop bills on Fridays for my mum and one would start all over again with credit for the following week. I myself buy very little at supermarkets, still believe in supporting local business. We still have some very good butcher shops in town and on comparing prices with the big fellas, far cheaper. I guess I am old fashioned (quote from my kids). I miss the personal touch.

Posted by Geoff on 24/01/2008

1950s. I remember the Northern Clothing Co. shop on Boothferry Road, opposite the old St. Johns Hospital. Also the Cosy Carlton Picture House had a well-stocked sweetshop annexed to it. Further along, past St. John's Terrace toward the Station Hotel, was a popular coffee bar called the Copper Kettle and a shoe shop whose name I can't quite recall.

Adjacent to the Clock Tower (which still had its toilets) between the Cinema Palace and the Market Hall was Arthur Reads Jewellers, which I believe later became Andersons Jewellers. At the North Street end of the Arcade was a newsagents called Lee's. Through the Arcade into Victoria Street and opposite the Post Office, was Val (dry) Cleaners which was owned by a Mr Smith. Maynards sweetshop was opposite The Cinema and the jewellers.

Posted by David on 25/01/2008

I remember Seltzers, just before Woolworths, I'm not sure what they sold but have a feeling it was leather goods, not for the faint hearted.

Posted by Geoff on 26/01/2008

I remember Mr Seltzer well. His meticulously well stocked shop sold the latest swimming trunks, sports kits, air guns, (even leather goods) and all manner of knives. I bought my first pair of "continental" football boots there. His shop sold Real Madrid football kits when Ferenc Puskas' magical side were the kings of Europe.

Posted by Martin on 14/02/2008

My grandfather, Philip Seltzer, was the owner of Seltzers Leather Store. I recall visiting the shop when I was a child. It was a shame that the shop was forced to close in the 1970s when the lease expired and he then went to run the sports goods department in Northern Clothing until he retired. My mother, who lives in Hull, has photographs of the shop.

Posted by Miriam on 15/02/2008

My grandparents owned and ran "Seltzers". Every Saturday we went from Hull by car with our mum to collect my grandparents… it was the weekly treat. The shop was an Aladdin's cave! The right-hand side of the shop went from waist height to almost the ceiling in stepped shelves covered in toys of all shapes, sizes and price range! The end wall was the same stepped shelves with horse brasses and household ornaments and the left-hand wall was filled from floor to ceiling with sports goods… fishing rods and tackle, tennis rackets and all sorts of balls! golf, football, tennis, etc. My grandad also would re-string tennis rackets in the back of the shop with "catgut", of course I thought it was really cats' guts! They also stocked guns I think and shot. My aunt and uncle had a hairdressers shop but I'm not sure of the name of the shop or which street it was in. Their names were Leah and Johnny Burkoff.

Posted by Fiona on 27/01/2008

I remember Broadbents Shoe Shop and Flowers on Pasture Road where my mother took me to buy sensible Clarke's and Start-Rite shoes.

Dunderdales Butchers in Carlisle Street - I remember the painted pig on the glass door, the white picket gate and the curtain that divided the shop from the living quarters. The chitterlings, that you had to order on Wednesdays, were one of the highlights of my parent's week, served with malt vinegar and salt and pepper. Their sausages were good too, I often get a craving for a Dunderdale's chipolata!

Posted by Bill on 28/01/2008

That painted pig on the glass door always amused me, I have a photo of it.

Posted by Penny on 10/11/2020

Yesterday I made homemade haslet for the first time and went down memory lane growing up in Goole and Dunderdales and Autys Butchers who both made haslet. The thought of Dunderdales pork pies still makes my mouth water! I did the internet search and stumbled on this website that I found very interesting and informative. Thank you.

Posted by Pedro on 28/01/2008

On the corner of Argyle and Carlisle Streets was Beumont Grocers (now I think a cash 'n carry). Opposite was the butcher and next door Harold Bell the Gents Taylor, further along Carlisle Street was Tom Hewsons Ladies Hats (Tom & Co) with Vincent Butler Furniture next door. Opposite was Mr Goodworth, newsagent (now Chappelows). Corner of Southeron Street, Mr Norman had the off licence and not forgetting Harry Bonser Finances (still I believe in the family). The less fortunate would get a club cheque from Bonsers enabling them to buy goods from Seltzers or Northern Clothing and pay it back weekly or even catch the workman's train to Hull and shop with it at Edwin Davis Store in Bond Street. The town of Goole also had a Bon Marche and Pasture Road had Edmund Gibbins Furniture.

Posted by Robert on 29/01/2008

There were shops in Dunhill Road, Parliament Street, Manuel Street and Phoenix Street, to name just a few. In particular, though, I must put in a mention of my grandad's firm, Foster & Tetley, which was a men's and women's clothing shop in Church Street from 1930 to 1963, and then Aire Street until it closed in 1982. As well as the shop, at least half the business was done travelling round the villages.

Posted by Bill on 30/01/2008

I do well remember Foster & Tetley. My mum must have had some kind of savings account there. Just before Whitsuntide each year she'd take me and my sisters there for our new "rig-outs".

Posted by Robert on 30/01/2008

It wouldn't be a savings account, it was probably because many of F&Ts customers paid weekly by instalments, at no extra cost, as this started in the days before signed credit agreements or charge cards. They maybe weren't the trendiest or cheapest of places, but I think they provided a needed service, and also clothed lots of farm workers when they only got paid once a year. They hardly ever had any bad debts either. It wouldn't stand a chance now.

Posted by Fiona on 31/01/2008

My father was apprenticed to Foster & Tetley after he left school. He told me he used to cycle around all the big farms around Goole Fields and Swinefleet Common measuring up farm workers for clothes they got at Michaelmas. This was the traditional time for hiring farm servants; they had a suit, overalls and boots.

Posted by Robert on 07/02/2008

Thanks for those memories, my dad used to mention Fred from time to time.

Posted by Jan on 13/11/2010

I remember Foster & Tetley. My mum used to pay a weekly amount, recorded in a book and this enabled her to rig us out for such occasions as the Whit Procession. She also paid into a club with Mrs Colbridge for shoes down Carlisle Street.

Posted by Robert on 16/08/2011

Some may be interested in the book I've just finished, "Famous for Suits: the story of Foster and Tetley, clothiers and outfitters of Goole." Available from ISBN 978-1-4476-7563-1.

Posted by Geoff on 01/02/2008

I remember Storrs Florist on Carlisle Street. My auntie Vera (nee Storr but no relation) did their books for a number of years.

Then there was Butlers Furniture Shop also on Carlisle Street, the Butlers lived in Garth Lane, Hook. As a five-year-old and later at about ten, Elaine Butler was my first "girlfriend".

I can recall the sweetie shop on Kingsway (my mum's family lived in it before it became a shop) and opposite Darleys that was a magic place to a young boy, even in the 1950s it seemed a relic of past years. Then there was the chippie round the corner (great fish and chips).

Posted by Geoff on 01/02/2008

I also seem to remember a shoe shop near to Storrs and Butlers. Am I imagining this and its x-ray machine for seeing how your shoes fitted?

Posted by Pedro on 01/02/2008

Opposite Storrs on the corner of Carlisle and Burlington Crescent was Colbridges Shoemaker and Repairs. Dunno about an x-ray machine but he certainly made work boots and leather clogs!

Posted by Fiona on 02/02/2008

I remember Colbridges, but I think I might be too young to remember an x-ray machine. A friend of mine who grew up in Coventry remembers having his feet x-rayed when he went for shoes as a young boy. They did exist, so it is likely there was one in the shop in the late-1950s/early-1960s. It must have gone when I started getting shoes because my Mum was so obsessed with correctly fitting shoes I'd have been in there!

Posted by Geoff on 02/02/2008

My uncle Frank Storr had a shop (he was an electrician) which sold electrical equipment, radios, sewing machines, etc. at 19 Bridge Street. He was later landlord of the Dock Tavern.

I have a receipt for the wedding reception for 44 guests for Miss Driffill, 25 August 1939, for the sum of £12/8s/3d from the Station Hotel. By comparison my uncle Frank Storr sold Enid Driffill a "Vickers" cabinet model walnut finish deluxe sewing machine for £16/10s/0d in 1934.

Some five years earlier than the wedding reception the sewing machine cost more than the reception. Can you imagine a sewing machine costing more than a wedding reception?

Posted by David on 06/02/2008

When thinking of Hackforths, my thoughts went back to the fire station which was behind Hackforths on Stanhope Street, I think. Some years ago, when last in Goole, I was looking for petrol and saw that the old station was at that time a tyre fitting centre.

During the war I recall being enthralled by the sight of a bright red engine with brass fittings and solid tyres sitting in the station, by the side of which was a drab looking AFS Fordson fire truck, complete with trailer finished in battleship grey. I can only hope that the red beast ended up in a museum.

Posted by Geoff on 11/02/2008

I recall a cobblers shop near Bob Leggots hairdressers in Carlisle Street; believe he was called Wally Earle. Also, George Botley had a sweetshop in North Street next door to us. He used to run coach outings and would give us kids a free bag of sweets. We lived at No. 37 in what had been Richardsons shop. The shop front remained boarded up though while my parents were tenants. Fred Bamforths Cycle Shop was on the corner of North Street and Cross North Street. He also had storage space further along on the next block. Wrightson General Smith shoed horses in a cellar workshop next to this. He eventually moved to the opposite side of the road between Northern Dairies lockup and Townend garage, which I believe was owned by Easthams. Next to the dairy lockup on the other side, was a joiners shop whose name I cannot recall. At the rear of the dairy lockup, (North Street access) was Mobbs Coal Merchants complete with stables for the dray horses.

Between Icon Heppenstall Brewers, (which later was Claude and Frank Eastons Builders yard) and a workshop, was a vacant plot of overgrown land. The workshop was used by Ken Morrill (a plumber), by Sylvanus Baxter (a local decorator) and also Alan Pidd (another plumber), although at different times.

Posted by Fiona on 12/02/2008

I think the carpenter might have been Tom Smith who was my great uncle.

Posted by Geoff on 12/02/2008

Tom Smith did use this workshop at one stage I believe he may have done work for a local builder at the time, Maybe Geo. Farmery. I was trying to recall an earlier user.

Posted by Miriam on 15/02/2008

My aunt and uncle's shop was Seltzers Hairdressers in Pasture Road.

Posted by Audrey on 06/03/2008

My great-grandfather was Charles Doubtfire who made and sold ice cream. I think that was in Pasture Road, he certainly lived in Pasture Road. Would appreciate any information about him. Thanks.

Posted by Jill on 14/03/2008

I think Charles Doubtfire was my great-grandfather too. I have pictures of my grandad Henry Doubtfire outside the Station Hotel with the ice cream cart in about 1945 and one of him as a younger man beside a market cross, possibly in Goole. I have two uncles still living, one in Goole and some family now in Canada. Doubtfires is no longer Doubtfires but still carries the name.

Posted by David on 30/03/2008

Audrey/Jill, I recall your great-grandfather and his ice cream van. This was when I was a very small boy, possibly before the war, bearing in mind the food restrictions. As far as I can remember, his van was cream and red and could be found parked off the road in front of the Market Hall in the area where the outside stalls were to be found.

As towns go, Goole was always comparably small, everyone knew everybody (if they didn't they soon made it their business to resolve this situation); as it happened my mother and her parents were on speaking terms with Mr Doubtfire, my mother actually lived in Pasture Road before the war and for a short period after the war started. This was next to Tomlinsons fish and chip shop. Memories from another age, but I hope of interest.

Posted by Pedro on 01/04/2008

Doubtfires, as us Goolies are aware, are still in business and parking in the same market area. My earliest memory of the old man as a child was him plying the streets, his transport most colourful; one could liken it to a merry-go-round. It had barley stick uprights on four corners painted bright red with a large gold and yellow canopy above. He would announce his presence by ringing a very large brass bell. Needless to say, Doubtfires still sell the best ice cream in town as vouched for by my grandkids on visits to Goole.

Posted by Kathleen on 24/03/2008

Nice to see the Station Hotel in the photo above. My father was manager there in the mid-1950s. They were happy days. My bedroom was on the second floor, with bars on the window (don't know why!) and overlooking the railway crossing. I used to play with friends up on the flat part of the roof, and (don't tell anyone) spit on the people passing by! I remember the lovely sweetshop round the corner on Pasture Road - can't remember the name, but I would often buy a bag of those little chocolate discs with the coloured sprinkles on top. There was a bicycle shop almost next to the hotel, and the owner frequented the hotel bar often - can't remember his name.

Posted by Tony on 02/04/2008

The bicycle shop owner you mentioned who frequented the Station Hotel would be Claude Bamforth. He played dominoes regularly in the "mens only room" with a group of friends which included Bill Abdy, who had the butchers shop on the corner of Gordon Street.

Posted by Codger on 02/04/2008

Mid-1950s next to station, wasn't Bamforths in North Street? A bike shop near the Station Hotel, wouldn't that be Seagull Smith?

Posted by Geoff on 06/04/2008

Fred Bamforth's bike shop was in North Street, later taken over by his son Kevin who developed it to sell and rent TVs, etc. He was married to Noreen Moon whose mother and father had a milk delivery round and lived in Cecil Street. I remember Claude Bamforth with his bike clips and flat hat. I believe he was Fred's brother.

Posted by Kay on 08/04/2008

I do remember Claude Bamforth being in the Station Hotel, and I thought it was Bamforth's shop on Pasture Road, but I can hardly remember what happened yesterday, never mind 50 years ago!

Posted by Robert on 10/04/2008

Wasn't Donoghues a bike shop as well?

Posted by Geoff on 10/04/2008

Donoghue's had a thriving family bike business on Pasture Road. It was on the same side of the road as the Baths Hall. I believe it was on the corner of one of the Avenues. Claude Bamforth had a smaller business at the Boothferry Road end of Pasture Road.

Posted by Codger on 11/04/2008

I remember Donoghues in Bridge Street, Old Goole prior to opening in Goole

Posted by Chris on 18/06/2009

Claude was a gentleman caller to my gran, Ivy Rowley, Parliament Street, I remember him as a tall polite man. My first bike (a small wheeled Moulton) came from his shop. My paternal grandad, Claude Ingleby, had a printing shop across the road to Bamforths on Pasture Road. It was very old fashioned, even then 1958-ish, but had some amazing printing presses and guillotines. Congrats on the site, my memories (and tears) come flooding back.

Posted by Brian on 17/04/2008

Claude Bamforth lived in Dunhill Road in the first house before the bend. He was first of all a postman then he had a shop at the Boothferry Road end of Carter Street where the Polish shop is now. He used to repair boots and shoes. He always had a collection of numerous cigarette cards stuck on the wall.

When I was eighteen years old I used to go in the mens only room at the front of the Station Hotel with my father Stanley Sunderland (butcher) who played dominoes with Claude Bamforth, George Hawksworth (fruit and veg) and Tommy Atkinson (who had a fish and chip shop). Their wives had to wait in the green room while they had finished when they joined them.

Posted by Gary on 22/04/2008

I went to school in the 1960s with Donoughue's son, don't recall his name, though. I thought the shop was on the west side of Pasture Road (opposite side to Baths Hall), unless that was Bamforths.

There was a similar shop, though much smaller between the British Legion and Marlborough Avenue along Pasture Road, I think, and if my memory serves me correctly, it also was called Donohue's, though no relation to the other one. He also sold toys and paraffin. I remember falling in love with this Dinky toy in the shop window in 1957, when I was five. I went home and told mum that it cost 6s.11d. When it turned out that it was, in fact, 16s.11d she wouldn't buy it for me. I never really got over that. After getting home from Pasture Road school on a snowy winter's afternoon Mum would send me back to that shop with an empty gallon can to buy paraffin. It's not much fun walking home along slippery pavements, carrying a full gallon can with frost-bitten hands when you're five years old. I never really got over that, either.

My uncle Ken now has an electrical/hardware shop just up the road from there, near the intersection of Fifth Avenue next to the fish and chip shop. Hi Ken!

PS: Does anyone remember "Hubys", a little shop at the corner of Fourth Avenue and St. Andrews Terrace? Is it still there or did it get pulled down along with all those terrace houses, which included the one I grew up in until I was eight.

Posted by Old Codger on 28/04/2008

Donoghues was the same place. Across the road was Seagull Smiths Bike Shop now Discount Cycles. Hubys now a private dwelling. St. Andrews Terrace was pulled down and rebuilt with new apartments.

Posted by Old Codger on 28/04/2008

Gary, if your dad was Don Masterman then I worked with him. I used to live in Fifth Avenue up to 1960.

Posted by Gary on 05/05/2008

Old Codger, thank you. So, you left Fifth Avenue in 1960, eh! You don't happen to remember a tired and frost-bitten five-year- old carrying a can of paraffin resting on your front wall do you? Well, that was me and Don Masterman is indeed my dad.

Posted by Trev on 14/06/2010

Just spotted the mention of Hubys shop in Fourth Avenue. My mum moved next door to the shop when she was five in 1911. Her family were called Abson. She is now 103 years old and has told us some really funny stories about the things that happened in Fourth Avenue years ago. I was born in Pasture Road after mum moved there in 1944, we now live in Somerset. No one has mentioned Eli Procters Bread Shop in Pasture Road. Anyone remember the poster he always had up on the wall?

Posted by Brian on 15/06/2010

I used to work for Cyril Kershaw delivering milk. He had about the fourth shop on the left-hand side down Pasture Road coming down from Boothferry Road; he used to make and sell curd from his shop.

The only Abson I knew was Eli Abson who lived down Gordon Street, he always had a black patch on one eye. He used to go fishing for eels in the river and kept them in a bucket in his back yard.

Posted by Trev on 22/06/2010

I asked mum about Eli Abson as I have never heard of him. She said he used to do a lot of poaching and that he was my grandad Benjamin's step-brother. All the Absons lived in Gordon and Cross Gordon Street.

Posted by Older Codger on 16/04/2008

I remember John Willie Theaker directly opposite Goole Shipyard. Good business with all those yard workers' bicycles needing repairs.

Posted by Graham on 22/06/2009

John Willie Theaker, who had the bicycle shop across from the Shipyard in Old Goole, was my grandfather. I remember the shop well from the 1960s and visiting him in early the 1970s at his home in Morley Street after he had sold the shop, only to find I had been sent there by my dad to cut granddad's hedgerow whilst he was out at the Old Goole Working Mens Club! I would cycle there from Northway and work all afternoon then cycle back home after seeing John Willie in from the club and fall asleep in his chair. He died in (June or July) 1976. I am sure that I inherited my like for bicycles from both him through my dad Walter Theaker (died 1996).

Posted by Andrew on 29/06/2008

Some great letters you fellow Goolies. I remember the Baths and going out for some cheap bread at Ellwoods, which I lived next door to in Western Road. I spent the afternoon on the riverbank, highlight of the weekend, and went to Sunday School with Mrs Barrett in Bridge Street.

Posted by Keith on 10/10/2008

Anyone remember Scotty Drurys Second Hand Shop and Smith's Radio Shop off Aire Street?

Posted by David on 11/10/2008

I remember my grandfather taking me to see Mr Drury in his shop when I was a small boy. I understood from my grandfather that Mr Drury was his steward on board the LOWLAND. I hope I'm right, his shop was in the same street that bus left for Brid.

Posted by Pedro on 14/10/2008

I remember both shops very well. Mr Smith used to hang all the loudspeakers from the trees on Hook Road prior to the church service for the Whit Walks in Riverside Gardens. Mrs Smith in the shop would sell/buy or exchange all your comics and used books, etc. Scotty, one could buy everything for a zinc bath to a wardrobe (probably called antiques nowadays).

Posted by Bob on 25/11/2008

Lots of shops still on Bridge Street between the two bridges in the 1960s.As mentioned previously the cycle shop and the butchers. The butchers put dripping on their sandwiches, something I thought disgusting as a fourteen-year-old! There was also another butchers next door to The Cape, in fact my bedroom when living at The Cape was directly above the shop complete with delicious smells of their meats cooking.

Next to the butchers was a fish and chip shop, but we only got them from there occasionally as they weren't very nice, they were better in Old Goole! Also in that block there was a barbers shop and a grocers.

Also on Bridge Street was a men's outfitters (on the corner of South Street and Bridge Street), catering for the sailors and dockers mainly I seem to remember, with next to it a bookies and a post office. Near to the Vermuyden was a newsagent (I think) and a sweetshop (I think).

All full of character but alas all long gone.

Posted by Glynne on 09/12/2008

Bridge Street Western side:

Arthur W G GRINGLEY, saddler
Bert DOUGHERTY, butcher
THOMPSON and Co., grocers
Harry Edmund GOWLAR, fried fish shop
Alfred ABREY, butcher
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, public house
Kenneth Foster WORK, chemist
Tommy DUNDERDALE, butcher
DONOGHUE Cycle shop

Bridge Street Eastern side:

VERMUYDEN HOTEL, public house
DIMBERLINE and GODDARD, shopkeepers
Jem William GARNER, electrical, etc.
Frank JOIINSON, hairdresser
Edward LEACEY, clothier
Miss E COULT, confectioner
Frank STORR, wireless dealer
Arthur WHITAKER, newsagent and post office

Posted by Beryl on 01/12/2008

Came across this great website and was surprised to see my family name mentioned. Mr Joy who had a sweetshop in Jackson Street was my uncle. Does anyone remember my grandad's cobblers shop? I think it was near Manuel Street. His name was Harry Joy and I believe he looked after the football boots of Goole Town.

Posted by Glynne on 14/12/2008

There was a Tom Joy who had a boot-mending shop in a wooden hut on Swinefleet Road, Old Goole, opposite the shipyard offices.

Kids to and from school often stopped for a yarn with Tom or a warm-up in cold weather. He burnt all his leather offcuts on his stove and you could smell it hundreds of yards away.

Posted by Beryl on 04/03/2009

Thanks for the information about Tom Joy, I believe he was my great-uncle. My grandad's practical boot and shoe repairers was in Marcus Street. I have a business card of his which must be 1910-20 as he died in 1921.

Posted by Patsy on 02/02/2009

After the crossing on the left-hand side was Crapper (butchers), Coggraves or was it then called Helmsley's Chemist. Another butcher Sutherlands, Riches bakers, Wendy Wool Shop and Coopers that sold men's clothing, quality stuff and booze. My mother used to pay into a Christmas club and talk to Mrs Cooper for hours. They lived on Airmyn Road and had a daughter who worked in the library.

Also the fish and chip shop which is still there was run by Mr and Mrs Fletcher, no relation to Joe Fletcher who was keen on football and had a grocery shop down Pasture Road. Does anybody remember the two or perhaps three hairdresser shops that were run by the Dawson family? The website has brought back many happy memories of childhood.

Posted by Tracy on 28/07/2009

Wow, I remember a lot of those shops, Liptons (bakers), Freeman Hardy Willis (boots), Shoppers Paradise, Goole Times, Yorkshire Electricity Board, and I remember it before it was pedestrianised. Marks and Spencers, also when the Wetherspoons was a bank and the market when they had the outside bit at the back of Woolworths. The trucks used to park at the back of Woolworths in the week when there was no market on.

I also remember Althams at the other end of Boothferry Road and the cinema with the sweetshop next door with all kinds of sweets. Oh yeah, those were the days, they were brilliant, hey memories.

Posted by Broadway on 30/07/2009

What about Maynards, Burtons, the cafe in the Arcade, Dunderdale the butchers with the singing daughters.

The small record shop in the Arcade, think it was the only one in Goole; the laundry with the pull-down fire escape on the back you could ride on; the best chippy in town top of Edinburgh Street; Northern Dairy and the famous Blue Line rattler that used to run to Rawcliffe, could hang on the back on ya roller skates get a lift to school…

Posted by Geoffrey on 07/10/2009

Can anyone remember that hut on Bridge Street that all the dockers used go to for dinner? Also does anyone remember the cafe down Aire Street going down towards the Lowther Bridge on left-hand-side? I used to go in there for bacon butties on a Friday night.

I don't live in Goole now but surely do miss the place.

Posted by David on 16/10/2009

I remember the cafe in Aire Street - I think they called it the Globe Cafe?

Posted by David on 16/10/2009

There was a bike shop at the bottom of North Street next to the Peacock pub which had a repair shop in the cellar beneath. I used to go there and help the old guy mend bikes, I'm sure it was also Donoghues. I went to school with one of the sons, Peter.

Posted by Polo on 21/10/2009

David, the bike shop was Bamforths not Donoghues. Both companies had shops in Pasture Road if I remember correctly. I remember Peter Donoghue also, I think his brother Mike ran the bike shop. Donoghues also had a shop on the left of Bridge Street going into town from Old Goole just before the second bridge which his dad ran. Had my first three wheel bike from there. Happy days.

Posted by Joyce on 13/11/2009

Do any of you "oldies" remember a cobblers shop? I think in Alexandra Street, which my father Jack Alcock had in the late-1930s. He had been left the business by his uncle Clayton Alcock. Could have been in the part of Alexandra Street where Eastgate now stands.

Posted by Elaine on 15/12/2009

Can anyone please tell me where Goole Co-operative Society was? My late Grandfather worked in the haberdashery department from the late-1940s until his retirement in the early-1950s. I live in the Midlands but have very happy memories of visiting my grandparents in Goole many years ago.

Posted by Alan on 27/12/2009

I came to live in Goole in 1950. The Co-op was very popular with many shops spread throughout the town and local villages.

The Head Office was in Red Lion Street, the first on the left of Pasture Road and included a very big shop on the ground floor. The clothing department you refer to was on Boothferry Road, on the same side as and between Gordon Street and Jefferson Street. It was a department store, quite impressive. If you stood with your back to the railway gates looking out of town you would see the shops on your left about 100yds away. The building is still there but now split into separate shops.

Posted by Bill on 11/01/2010

I remember my mother taking me to the Co-op head office in Red Lion Street once or twice a year to collect something she called the "diddleum". Which I guess involved cashing in some kind of loyalty stamps. Does anyone else remember this, it would be late-1950s/early-1960s. Also our milk was delivered by the Co-op milkman and instead of paying him with money, we paid with special copper tokens previously bought from the Co-op, which seems like a pretty sensible idea.

Posted by Alan on 15/01/2010

The refund you got from being a "member" of the Co-op was called the "dividend". I'm not sure how often you could draw it out, maybe twice a year. I'm almost certain my mum's dividend number was 1163, which you quoted every time you made a purchase at any of the Co-op shops. The "diddleum" you refer to was like a Christmas savings club run by various people in the town. One such person was a Mr Bramham (I think?) It was great to know you had something to draw just before Christmas, even though you had probably struggled to make the payments through the year! No Credit Cards in those days!

Posted by CA on 16/01/2010

I remember my mum shopping at the Co-op and receiving her "divi" Also, Mr Bramham gave out club cheques that you could use at various shops, one being the Northern Clothing where Hargreaves is now. Some corner shops also gave credit like the ones in Poets Corner and Brian Cannon in his shop off Carlisle Street. They were a help in hard times.

Posted by Frank on 01/02/2010

I remember my mother drawing her "divi" once a year. You had to save all your purchase checks. My brother and I were outfitted for school at the Northern Clothing Co. every year.

Posted by Patricia on 27/02/2010

Co-op Managers

My mum, Marie Spink, nee Watson, worked at the Co-op in Red Lion Street in the 1940s, and remembers the following managers. Percy Street, Cliff Hebden; Escourt Street, Claude Hawksworth; Marshfield Road, William Wright; Carter Street, ? Cawthorne; Weatherill Street, ? Bygrave; Pasture Road, Charlie Whittaker; Red Lion Street, George Ligg; shoe shop, Morris Edmondson; coal manager, Herbert Scutt; dairy manager, Charlie Humble; pasteurising plant manager Alf Harrison.

Posted by Trevor on 27/08/2010

I remember the Co-op milk tokens well. They were copper-brown in colour, made of metal and about an inch square. The Co-op dairy was on the right-hand side of Centenary Road, next to Pasture Road Junior/Infant School playing field. I also remember the Co-op Grocery Store on Woodland Avenue, not far from the corner with Rutland Road. My mother and sister were members of the Co-op and had the numbers 4687 and 4683 respectively. My uncle Maurice Edmonson was manager of the Co-op Shoe Shop on the corner of Jefferson Street and Boothferry Road and his wife Doris, when she was an unmarried Doris Fielder, worked in the Co-op offices in Red Lion Street.

Posted by Norman on 20/04/2014

I remember the butcher who worked for the Co-op Butchers shop in Red Lion Street, his name was Mr George Ligg and the delivery boy was Terry Becket, Mr Ligg used to lend us the Co-op two wheeled cart to go to the gas house to purchase bags of cinders, The gas house was in Doyle Street, people used to scrat cinders on the Dutch riverbank as they were free.

The door to the Co-op Office was in Red Lion Street upstairs, the banister was fabulous I slid down it many times.

Posted by Sam on 18/12/2009

Please restore my memory, whose was the newsagents/sweetshop next to the Vermuyden pub and who had the barbers shop on South Street? I have Mr Watson in my mind for that one. There was a butchers shop next to The Cape. I think that was owned by a big chap called Abrey or Abbey. I had my first three wheeler bike from Donaghues on Bridge Street and was also amazed at the clothes shop Laceys opposite, as he always packaged goods up in brown paper and tied with white string. Was there a chippy somewhere there also?

I once remember seeing a lot of grownups looking at some strange bent green and yellow things in a long brown wooden box on the floor in the Co-op shop in Percy Street, me thinking what all the fuss was about as I was but a tot. These turned out to be bananas of all things. Apparently the first to be seen in the place.

Been long long gone from Goole but we all come from somewhere.

Posted by Margaret on 06/08/2013

The butcher's shop on Bridge Street was Alf Abreys.

There was a fish and chip shop across the road. I lived in South Street at 89, opposite Cowlings shop. Playmates of mine were Jean Taylor, Brenda O'Brien, Josephine Clarke from Bottom House and Brian and Ernie Morton from James Avenue. My grandmother Annie Nick lived Doyle Street. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by Phil on 17/08/2014

I'm new to this site but am grateful to Sam and Margaret for the reference to Alfred Abrey's butcher's shop on Bridge Street. He was my great-uncle and as a kid I spent many happy Saturdays at the back of the shop helping with sausage making and also eating the excellent pork pies baked by my great-aunt Sarah, and of course, bridging time, as I'm now in my ninth decade (born 1928).

Posted by CA on 13/01/2010

So many shops to remember. What about Balloon Yeast Store in Aire Street? My grandad went to the hut in Bridge Street for meals as he was a skipper on barges in Goole. There was Garners Cafe off Aire Street. I remember Hubys, my grandparents lived nearby. Does anyone remember the corner shop near the old Bus Depot (Burlington Crescent) nearly opposite Edinburgh Street? Also the shop on the corner of Fifth Avenue (not Pasture Road end). There were shops on nearly every street corner in the 1950s and 1960s and you could buy everything on Boothferry Road and Pasture Road. Arcade Gowns let you pay weekly to get the latest fashions. Peter Halls Music Shop was very popular too. This website brings back a lot of memories.

Posted by Alan on 17/05/2010

My cousin Christine Goodworth worked at the Balloon Yeast stores. An odd name for a shop?

Posted by Frank on 01/02/2010

Stores I remember were Crappers the butcher; Sheppards for records; Currys for bicycles; Home & Colonial; Maypole; Elite in Pasture Road; Miss Appleyard for toys; Battys in Aire Street for cigarettes; Leggets for haircuts; Branson Bowles for Hornby trains; Gleadows for Lucky Turnovers; Miss Steeles for Palm Toffee.

Posted by Christine on 14/02/2010

Does anyone remember Antonio White's ice cream parlour? My mum told me about the delights of ice cream when I was growing up in the war… I was so disappointed when it re-appeared.

I lived in Alexandra Street and there was an ice cream parlour at the back of our lane, possibly next door to Dunderdales. They did wonderful milkshakes and iced drinks.

Posted by Frank on 15/02/2010

The name Antonio White is familiar. There was also many barrows and bicycles with ice cream. Then came the Walls Bicycles with frozen fruit bars. One in particular came up the back way in Third Avenue. He used to get the kids round him and he wrote a number down and you had one chance to guess it. If you did you got an ice cream free. He was very popular.

Posted by Brian on 25/02/2010

I remember Anthony Whites ice cream parlour down Ouse Street. He also had an ice cream cart on Goole Market, his daughter Irene still lives in Goole. Also down Ouse Street was Scottie Drurys Second Hand Shop, also Smiths Electric and Radio Shop, there was also a pub called the Crown, a lady and gentleman played piano and drums on a Saturday night. I believe the drummer was Tommy Bidder. There were other shops down Ouse Street but I cannot remember their names.

Posted by Sally on 29/03/2011

Anthony White was the chap on the market with the hand cart, who sold ice cream in summer (in pink cornets!) and chestnuts in winter?

Posted by Jon on 30/03/2011

I can remember the ice cream and chestnut seller wheeling his cart down the lane behind Marshfield Avenue.

Posted by Trev on 30/03/2011

In the early-1960s I remember coming out of the pictures with mum on cold winter's nights and having a bag of chestnuts. Where did 60 years go!

Posted by Denise on 15/04/2011

Antoni White had a small "ice-cream parlour" down Ouse Street. We lived in North Street and each Sunday I would be sent there to buy a bowl full of ice cream and ask for plenty of wafers! His ice cream was the best I've ever tasted.

Posted by Gail on 03/05/2011

I remember my mum telling me Antony White got into trouble for putting eggs in his ice cream but he carried on doing it. Don't know how true this is, or why he shouldn't use eggs, does anyone else?

Posted by Trev on 09/05/2011

I asked my mum about Antony White using eggs, she says it was during World War II when they were on ration, but he did carry on using them. Mum is 104 and can remember everything from her childhood. Regards from Somerset.

Posted by Gail on 11/05/2011

Thanks, Mr White always called me Stormy, which I hated, but his ice cream was delightful.

Posted by Chris on 02/05/2010

My great-grandmother worked for a while at the North Eastern Hotel on Boothferry Road. It seems that it was whilst there she met her future husband John Richardson a widower and jeweller. At the time of their marriage in 1917, John's address is 3 Roseville Terrace in Pasture Road. John's father was Philip Richardson, also a jeweller, so I think it was a family business. I appreciate that this is outside living memory for most but I don't know when the business closed. John was 58 at the time of the marriage and I have been unable to trace his death certificate but he may have carried on working for a while.

Does anyone remember a jeweller in this area? I assume that Roseville Terrace is a section of Pasture Road. Thanks.

Posted by Pauline on 14/05/2010

John Richardson died 1923 (Q4) aged 65 years. The Richardson family were well-known clock and watch makers. Roseville Terrace is marked on the 1911 census as Westfield Avenue. Look on the stonework on the older houses, names were usually engraved over doors, etc.

Posted by Zoe on 11/05/2010

Can anyone remember the "You are here" map on Boothferry Road? It was a large blue box with very stiff buttons which made lights come on inside to show where places were. It was outside the Halifax/at the end of Belgravia. Can anyone tell me what happened to it, or does anyone have any pictures please?

Posted by Karen on 01/12/2014

I remember the big street map. We loved to push the buttons to light up when we were kids.

Posted by Denise on 13/05/2010

Down Ouse Street when I was growing up, there was a cafe, I think called Garners. There was a grocery shop on the corner of Ouse and Aire Street and Mr and Mrs Arrowsmith took it over when the previous owners left and then I think someone called Ledger took over from them. "Tea Cake" Willson was also down Ouse Street, best bakery for miles. The buses to Marshlands and beyond used Ouse Street as their terminus. Can anyone remember a butcher's down Aire Street, not Oldridges, as a child I called it Mrs Bacon's but wonder if it was really called Batemans.

Posted by Gerald on 20/05/2010

There were three butchers in Aire Street in 1937, one of whom was called Bateman.

Posted by Geoff on 21/05/2010

You would call the butchers Mrs Bacon as it was a pork butchers. George Bateman died around 1950 but my Aunt Vera ran it herself for many years.

Posted by June on 20/05/2010

My parents Bill and Frances Leggott both had shops in Carlisle Street, dad was a barber and mum had a wool shop. I remember Dunderdales and there was a great sweetshop just opposite. Dad had one of the wooden shops along that stretch in the 1940s until they moved to 30/32 around 1949 when I was two. I remember a furniture shop, Robinsons I think, a shoe shop, garage and a grocers where bacon was sliced for you, butter patted into a slab and sugar weighed and put into dark blue bags. Can't remember the name of the lady who ran it - wish my memory was better!

My uncle had a butchers in Pasture Road, John Claybourne, another uncle, Fred Evans had a tobacconists near the Clock Tower and a third, Alf Cowling had a coal business in Marshfield Road. The library was just across the road from where I lived until it moved to its current location.

Posted by Frank on 02/06/2010

I always had my hair cut in Leggats from when I was a kid and so did my brother and dad. I am talking the 1920s and early-1930s.

Posted by Sue on 26/05/2010

Does anyone remember Gunns fish and chip shop at the top of Gray Street, where you could get fish patties, chips and scraps? Miss Goldings little sweetshop, where they had a penny tray, all the sweets on it cost no more than one penny; it later became Carols at the top of Byron Street. I think there used to be a Co-op shop on the corner opposite the Buchanan pub which Sid Chappell ran. There were other small shops all along Weatherill Street, a butchers shop near St. Paul's Church and Hall. A lot of these shops have long since been changed into homes, and St. Paul's demolished and swallowed up by Timms Mill, which in turn has been demolished and when I last visited was still a waste land. I remember them as a small child living in Gray Street with my parents.

Posted by Brian on 08/06/2010

There were a whole lot of shops down Weatherill Street. My grandfather and father ran Sunderlands Butchers opposite St. Paul's Church. Between Milton Street and Byron Street there was a fish and chip shop and Mrs Beamsons fruit and vegetable shop. Goldings was on the other corner of Byron Street. George Blackbourn had a sweetshop on one corner of Grey Street and on the other corner was Gunns Fish and Chip Shop. As mentioned there was a large Co-op shop on the opposite corner to the Buchanan pub, a bit further down Weatherill Street. Frank Monroe had a general grocery shop on the corner of Spencer Street.

Through the side street, past the Buchanan, on the corner of Jackson Street there was Alf Wallers Hairdressers, Jack Hagues Grocers and Tommy McGraths Taxi and Sweetshop on three corners. A bit further along was Charlie Gates Boot and Shoe Repairs.

Posted by Pauline on 11/06/2010

I worked for Jack and Jean Hague in Jackson Street when I left school in 1971. They also had a taxi business which they ran from there. My wages were £4.80 a week.

Posted by CA on 24/06/2010

Mrs Gunn always said "ta love" when you paid for your chips, patties and scraps and Jean Hague's mum sold pies, peas and gravy from her back door in Tennyson Street. They then opened up the front room as a shop before moving to Jackson Street.

Posted by David on 14/07/2010

As a very small boy in the 1940s I remember spending hours in Charlie Gates shop fascinated by the way he could cut and shape leather for soles and heels from the large sheets of leather he had in the shop. The knives he had were something else, truly a craftsman the like of which are hard to come by today. Charlie lived with his wife next door to another shop owner a delightful man by the name of Mr Joy (Joy Boy) sweets and newspapers. Happy Days!

Posted by Paul on 24/03/2011

I remember Charlie Gates from the late-1940s/early-1950s as he lived at No. 51 Jackson Street next door to my grandparents. His wife Dora worked in a fish and chip shop in Weatherill Street between Milton Street and Byron Street or the next block up.

Posted by Gerald on 22/06/2010

Mr Goulden had a chip shop, but where? I remember it as being at the Kingsway end of Queensway but I have been told it was actually in Richard Cooper Street. Is my memory that bad?

Posted by Broadway on 09/07/2010

What about the best, butchers in Goole? Jim Nightingales, a true gent, fantastic pork pies, excellent sausages, could just eat one.

Posted by Helen on 19/08/2010

Does anyone know what was sold at the shop owned by George Botley 35 North Street? The shop was owned by Charles Simpson a French polisher (my great-grandad) then by his daughter and son-in-law Maud and George Botley. Thanks.

Posted by Geoff on 29/08/2010

George Botley was a southerner, (Londoner I believe). He and his wife sold sweets and ran the occasional coach trip to the seaside. He walked with a limp and used a stick. They kept a rather noisy dog in the back yard.

Posted by Barrie on 15/10/2010

As a schoolboy I worked after school at F.A. Bamforths shop who sold bikes, radio and TVs. They were located at 33 North Street. The shop next door was owned by George Botley and we often used to buy sweeties and lemonade from him. Another lady on this site informed me that the shop was just known as Botleys as I could not remember what the name was. There were quite a lot of children lived in that area in the early-1950s and they used to frequent that shop.

Posted by Denise on 16/10/2010

I remember Botleys Sweetshop so vividly. My best mate, also called Denise, used to toddle up the road every day to buy a few sweets. I also loved going to Whiteheads on Victoria Street, but that was usually on a Sunday, dad would send me for toffee and chocolate eclairs, his favourite. Mrs Whitehead had her grandchildren living there I think, Jennifer and Graham they were called. She always seemed to have a lovely smell of dinner cooking. Can you remember Beecrofts that was also on Victoria Street? They sold groceries, etc., I think the daughter was called Brenda. Happy days.

Posted by Trevor on 09/11/2010

Having read all the comments about shops I think I can add a couple to the list. Sammy Fielders Off-Licence and Joe Picksley Grocer. They were both on Pasture Road and I worked part-time at both while I was at GGS.

Sammy Fielders was on the corner of one of the streets opposite the Baths. I worked there moving crates of ale and boxes of bottles from his store at the back of the shop along the street and up the steps into the shop through the front door. I also used to go on his delivery bike to collect boxes of lager from the Carlsberg depot on Rawcliffe Road.

I worked for Picksley's delivering groceries on his delivery bike and used to collect gross boxes of eggs from Hook, also on the bike. Since a gross box of eggs was longer than the delivery frame on the front of the bike, the box would sit in it lop-sided and make the bike a little awkward to steer. I bet the modern police would have something to say about that!

Posted by Robert on 11/11/2010

I worked for Sammy Fielders too in the late-1960s, just a few times as a stand in for a friend when he was away. You had to take all the crates of empties on a barrow out of the front of the shop, along the side to a store at the back. He always went to lengths to emphasise never to drink anything left in any of the bottles - it might be pee. He would also tell you what new stock he wanted taking from the store to the shop, three crates of these, two of those… You got to know every bump and crack on the pavement. If you were trusted, he also asked you to go to the bank with the takings. You would be riding down Boothferry Road on your bike with several hundred pounds in a leather pouch. Great job. Lovely man.

Posted by Jan on 12/11/2010

I remember Peter Halls Music Shop down the Arcade and the coffee bar down Carlisle Street where I used to buy a milkshake and think I was so sophisticated. My mum told me never to go in the Copper Kettle! I bought a dress from Arcade Gowns with my first pay packet. I trained as a telephonist at the GPO before going to college. The coffee bar used to be the only thing opened on a Sunday!

Posted by Bryan on 16/11/2010

I remember Joe Fletchers Coffee Bar down Pasture Road (now Donoghues Bike Shop?) I often used to help out Joe in my early teens (late-1950s) and remember to this day he said always make a cup of coffee with water "just off the boil". Another nice chap.

Posted by Trev on 29/11/2010

Not a shop I know, but in the 1950s going to Alex there used to be an old chap sat in the subway doing crayon drawings. He had lost both legs so how he got there I never knew. His hat usually had some coppers in it. Can anybody else remember him? Thanks.

Posted by Keith on 18/10/2011

I remember the man with no legs who did the crayon drawings in the subway, he travelled about on a board with wheels on and pushed himself along with gloved hands.

Posted by Denise on 01/12/2010

Do you remember Kitchens Bakery that was once Richies? That was my dad's. We moved to the Boothferry Road shop in 1972 which is now a Salvation Army charity shop. Also the Bakehouse in Richard Cooper Street which sadly is no longer standing, the bread strike in the 1970s was a sell-out.

Posted by Marjorie on 01/01/2011

I worked in Richies Cake Shop in 1961/62. I also worked at the Bakehouse on a Saturday morning. Me and a friend used to cycle down there at 5am, we had to scrub all the uneven tiled floor. We also used to ride in the three wheel electric van bringing the bread and cake to the shop.

Posted by PW on 20/03/2011

Can you tell me if the Crappers still live in Goole? They had a butchers there. Thanks.

Posted by Keith on 21/03/2011

They had quite a few shops in Goole. From memory there was one near the George pub, one at the top of the subway near to Sheppards Music Shop, one at the corner of First Avenue/Pasture Road, and I believe a shop on the corner of Marlborough Avenue/Pasture Road opposite Mellors Cycle Shop.

Posted by Ed on 21/07/2011

Frank Crappers shop was near the George, Ron and Ted Crappers was next Platt & Feathersons on Pasture Road. Ron and Ted split and Ted opened a store opposite the post office on Pasture Road.

Posted by Norman on 24/04/2014

In the early days I used to go to Crappers Butchers with a bowl to be filled with hot ducks - absolutely fabulous. Also don't forget tripe; I would eat a couple of pound of tripe if was put in front of me, with plenty of vinegar and pepper on it (not all in the same bowl). It's unfortunate it doesn't like me.

Posted by Corby on 25/04/2014

We were a constant customer of the tripe shops in Carlisle Street and Pasture Road, By the way you missed one out, lovely udder.

Posted by Nick on 12/11/2011

I'm not from Goole but I dug up a bottle with the name "Conway & Lansdale Ltd Goole" on it. I can't seem to find anything about it. I wondered if anyone knows anything about it? Thanks.

Posted by Pauline on 13/11/2011

Ernest Lansdale was a merchant at 34 Burlington Crescent. The family came after the 1891 census and had left before the 1901 which should help you date the bottle. Their eldest son was baptised Ernest Conway.

Posted by Bert on 07/01/2012

Does anyone remember a decorators shop in Old Goole run by Bert Fisk?

Posted by Denise on 24/01/2012

My husband's uncle married Mr Fisk's daughter, Mary. She used to tell me that her dad had a decorators shop in Old Goole. Mr and Mrs Fisk went to live near Immingham I think.

Posted by Mel on 11/10/2018

My Grandad Bert Fisk owned and ran Fisk & Sons, painter and decorators, passed down from his father and grandfather at 77 Swinefleet Road, Goole, with his wife Betty, and their two children. My aunt Mary and my dad David Fisk, Mary and her husband Phil live in Brigg and my dad and mum live in Immingham. Sadly my grandad and grandma Bert and Betty are no longer with us having both passed away some years ago now.

My grandma Betty was an Oldridge before she married my grandad Bert (Herbert William) Fisk (J.G. and H.W. Fisk & Sons Painter and Decorators and Painting Supplies, 77 Swinefleet Road, Old Goole). She used to live at Goole Hall, not sure if any connection with the Oldridge butchers mentioned? I know they were farmers.

Posted by Denise on 03/01/2019

Mel, your aunt Mary is married to my husband's uncle Phil. Mary used to talk about your grandad's decorating shop in Old Goole and I think she once told me that she drove the van for him.

Posted by Mike on 22/02/2012

Reading these postings brought back so many memories. I'd completely forgotten how many shops there were in Bridge Street. I do remember Fisks Decorating Shop but can't remember which street. I remember going in there with my mum to buy paint and wallpaper. Can anyone remember a haberdashery shop, Mrs Crushworths, at the corner of Swinefleet Road and Humber Street? A real old curiosity shop, even in the early-1960s was like going back in time.

My favourite shop was Peter Hall records in the Arcade. That's where most of my butcher's round money went.

Posted by David on 10/03/2012

I wonder if anyone can remember Harry Burkhill who married Emily Ann Garland in 1910? He was a hairdresser at 18 on the 1911 census and Emily was a relative of my cousin who lives in Goole. Harry died in 1961, has anyone heard of him and where he worked or did he have his own shop? Thanks.

Posted by Paul on 10/03/2012

Harry Burkill had his own hairdressing business in Colonels Walk in Goole in the 1940s and 1950s. Probably No. 4 Colonels Walk, next door to Liggs Cobblers. After he died the shop was taken over by Jack Redford and subsequently Mally Lace. He now has a business in Carlisle Street. One of Harrys other jobs was shaving and hairdressing at the local hospital.

Posted by Barrie on 20/03/2012

I lived in Goole from 1949 until 1955 and I often went to that hairdressing shop in Colonels Walk, I think that he also came to cut my grandfather's hair when he was ill. I also seem to remember another hairdresser in that locality called Earnshaw but perhaps it is my memory playing tricks after many years.

Posted by Keith on 21/03/2012

Earnshaw the barber was on Pasture Road between Marlborough Avenue and Fifth Avenue, about four shops up from Mellors Cycle Shop. Pattersons Hairdresser was on the opposite side of Pasture Road at the Boothferry Road end, near to Lilly Gunns Fish and Chip Shop.

Posted by Arthur on 20/04/2012

My brother Colin and I had to go to Mr Earnshaw the hairdresser every few weeks and we hated it, primarily because it was always packed and you thus waited ages to be "done", which wasted a whole precious Saturday morning. We weren't very keen on being "bolshed" (very close-cropped) either but mum liked the economic aspect!

Posted by Bill on 25/04/2012

Then there was the demon barber at the bottom end of Edinburgh Street, opposite Argyle Street, possibly called Jacks? He'd drop most of the clippings down your back and when finished slap on some inferior Brylcreem type product. Slightly better was one located at first floor level in a building at the top of Carter Street, was very popular but can't remember the name. I thought the poshest was the one opposite the Tower Cinema in Carlisle Street, for no other reason than I was told you had to make an appointment - a unique and bizarre concept for barbers in Goole at that time.

Posted by Paul on 25/04/2012

In the late-1940s, and until I left Goole in 1954, I recall the barber at the top of Carter Street was Don Cowling. Some barbers used "trugel" which "set" to keep your hair in place.

Posted by Robert on 27/04/2012

I used to get sent to Alec Howletts in Parliament Street to have my hair cut.

Posted by Glynne on 26/05/2012

I remember Joe/Jack Moore who had the barber's shop at the end of Edinburgh Street. He was indeed a "demon" barber and his efforts often appeared to have been made with a knife and fork. Don Cowling had a lock up wooden hut at the end of Carter Street. Don was notoriously right wing (somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan it was said). The legend was that at times he would refuse to cut the hair of anyone he assumed to be a socialist.

I can't remember the name of the barber opposite the Tower but I used him regularly between 1956 and 1960 because, since he worked the appointment system, there was no waiting in queues.

In my boyhood days I used to visit Eddie Cooper (who was known as a "gentleman" barber) on Swinefleet Road at the end of Morley Street. I believe his son took over the shop after I left the Goole area in 1961.

Posted by Geoff on 24/07/2012

My mum is 94 this year and she says she remembers a shop called "Ice cream Marys". Can anyone confirm this?

Posted by Eddie on 28/07/2012

"Ice cream Mary" had a shop in Ouse Street, I think she was the mother of Antony White who was related to the Audas family. I wish that they had a shop living near us in Benidorm at the moment.

Posted by Sue on 14/10/2012

Any ladies remember Paramount Hairstyles in Aire Street?

Posted by Denise on 08/11/2012

I remember Paramount Hairdressers, there was also one across the road just along from the Arcade, it looked like someone's house with the hairdressers room at the front.

Posted by Eddie on 10/11/2012

For the interest of anyone, Pattersons Hairdressers was No. 29 Pasture Road and at the rear of it was Walkers Bookmaker. No. 31 used to be a tripe shop then was taken over by Madam Doris, a second-hand clothes shop. Lacies Groceers and sweetshop was at the corner of Queens Avenue and Red Lion Street.

Posted by Margaret on 16/11/2012

Really enjoyed the memories of the town that I grew up in! Does anyone remember Hume's fish shop in Western Road?

Posted by Bill on 16/11/2012

Would that be the fish shop at the Pasture Road/Westfield Avenue end of Western Road? I remember we used to hang out outside sitting on a wall, which annoyed the proprietor who would come out and berate us for dropping litter before we had actually dropped any. Also remember a girl fiend eating chips out of the bag with her gloves on, as it was a cold night, which for some inexplicable reason I found, and still find, quite funny.

Posted by Margaret on 17/11/2012

I think it would be about No. 5 Western Road as we lived almost opposite at No. 8. When Humes had the fish shop, people came from quite a distance as it was a very popular "chippie" in the 1950s and 1960s. The shop changed hands and eventually closed down. There is a fish shop still thriving in Westfield Avenue though… just next to the newsagents that used to be called "Greens" many years ago. On this block of shops used to be "Miss Holland's" and "O'Donnell's" and "Darnbrough's" butcher shop.

Posted by Robert on 19/11/2012

One of the things I remember about Hume's fish shop is that in the early-1970s they had an assistant who was the fastest fish and chip wrapper-upper you've ever seen. It was worth going in just to watch her. The wonderful fish and chips were a bonus.

The shop was then owned by Derek and Pauline (Popsy) Hume, but had been started by Derek Hume's parents, Walter Eric Hume and Dorothy (Dolly) Tate, who was from the family of Tate's fish shop, Rawcliffe. The Tate family had several other fish shops away from Goole. One in Rotherham is remembered by Mike Marsh in "Growing Up in Goole" Vol 3, page 11. Someone once joked of the Rawcliffe shop, that Jack Tate was known far and wide for the size of his fish - he used a Swan Vestas match box as a template."

Posted by Trev on 20/11/2012

The fish shop in the 1950s was the Tomlinsons and, has Margaret said, Greens Paper Shop then Edna Holland who was my mum's best friend until Edna died (mum is now 106 years old) then O'Donells and the butchers and on the corner of Colonels Walk was Anny and Minny May. Just been looking on Street View and Pasture Road has changed so much since I left in 1958.

Posted by John on 08/12/2012

I used to have lunch every day at Hackforths cafe, above the shop. I attended Gwalia Preparatory School in Hook Road, so needed to eat somewhere as I lived out of Goole. A good three course lunch was three and sixpence. One week the bill rose to seventeen and six, because I dared to have a Christmas Dinner on the Friday. My mother was quite horrified that the cost was nearing one pound for the week! Mrs Richardson was the manageress, a very smart lady!

Posted by Gwen on 09/01/2013

Wow, some happy memories coming back. I used to live on Murham Avenue, opposite Margaret Harness, her sister Joan, mum Phyliss, and Billy. My dad and Billy were mates and used to go out together to the pub.

I remember Humes Chip Shop, and Todds Sweetshop on Western Road. Happy times.

Posted by Broadway on 19/01/2013

Best fish 'n chip shop was the one across from the cop shop and market. It was always packed and did great patties. The chips tasted like chips, none of the oven stuff or sunflower oil crap we have today, you got the real thing; and scraps, free… plus if you were flush, you could go in the back and sit down. Egg 'n chips, cup of tea, slice of B&B, cost one and a kick… it's all about style!

Posted by Bill on 19/01/2013

You are absolutely right - the fish shop across from the cop shop was the best. Now I have to spend the rest of the day trying to remember what is was called.

Posted by Marjorie on 19/01/2013

I can remember the fish shop near the police station. I worked at Woolworths in the late-1960s and we used to go for dinner on a Friday. I don't think I have tasted fish, chips and peas since. I cannot remember the name. I left Goole in 1963.

Posted by Corby on 20/01/2013

The fish shop on the corner of Estcourt Terrace and Stanley Street belonged to the Marshalls in the 1940s, then became owned by the Atkinson Family (late of Gordon Street) in the 1950s after the houses were pulled down in Estcourt Street and Stanley Street to make way for a car park. Thereby a whole community moved away. No doubt taking with them many happy memories. To me the street have lost their identity and my street does not even have a nameplate, although the fish shop is still standing.

Posted by Bill on 21/01/2013

Yes, Atkinsons was the name I was trying to remember. My mum was their cleaner for a while.

Posted by Keith on 27/01/2013

Two other great fish shops sited on Pasture Road were Lilley Gunns and Waites Pattie Shop, great when exiting the Swimming Baths, a nice peppery pattie.

Posted by Graham on 12/02/2013

If we are talking about really good fish 'n chip shops then the two opposite each other on Weatherill Street have to come out tops, it was difficult to choose between the two as to which one to get your Friday/Saturday night supper from, they were both so good.

Posted by Denise on 03/03/2013

We lived down North Street and always went to Kellys Chippie, best fish and chips ever. If I sat on our front doorstep and waited for my uncle Bob, he always gave me a threepenny bit and off I'd go to Kelly's for a bag of chips.

Posted by Suze on 29/01/2013

A young boy stood the library corner playing an accordion in the 1960s?

Posted by Denise on 03/03/2013

I can remember the lad playing the accordion, think it was Tommy Tune, if not Tommy it was one of his brothers.

Posted by Robert on 18/03/2013

Very interesting to read Phil de Cobain's comments in the Goole Times this week giving the reasons why they are closing their last store to become an online retailer only. The comments seem worthy of wider circulation.

The family has had a shop in Goole for around 100 years starting originally with a bicycle shop, and has been in electricals since just after the war. He believes Goole is now no longer a retail town, partly as a result of bad planning decisions, and that it is too late to do anything about it. There are no more than five quality retailers left. He traces the change back to the loss of the M&S store, following which Goole lost the ability to attract people in from the outlying villages, and there is now no longer anything to come into Goole for. He believes the Wesley Square development was disastrous, splitting the town in two and destroying the town's main car park, and not least it is built of yellow brick in a red brick town. Also, possibly a quarter of the population now are from overseas, and many send money home rather than spend it locally.

It amounts to a pretty strong statement, and although Goole is clearly not the only place in the country with fewer shops than it had, it is certainly very different from how it used to be.

Posted by Steve on 22/07/2013

I am related to the Streckers that had a butchers shop on Boothferry Road. Anyone have any photos or more info on them? Would be much appreciated.

Posted by Paul on 06/10/2013

Does anyone remember Dougie Dawson barbers in Gordon Street and Murray Milners shop also in Gordon Street? Abdys butchers and Milner Greengrocers. Last but not least old Mr and Mrs Batters small shop in Gordon Street too. Long time ago…

Posted by David on 06/11/2013

I'm trying to get some information and hopefully some photos of our current property which seems to be at the "wrong end" of Pasture Road (143) as far as photos seem to go. I've so far found out it used to be Leggotts Wool Shop and was bracketed between Walkers? Hairdressers and Cawthornes Gents Outfitters with Salmons Grocers on the corner where the Chinese takeaway now is.

If anyone has any further information I'd appreciate it, I'd love some old photos for the waiting room. Thanks,

Posted by Keith on 06/11/2013

I spent most of my childhood down the Pasture Road area, I can vividly remember Enid Walkers Hairdresser, Cawthorns Outfitters and Salmons Grocers. But cannot remember Leggotts Wool Shop in this position. The Leggott Wool Shop I remember was on Carlisle Street

Posted by Burl on 20/11/2013

There was a Leggots shop in Carlisle Street. I bought all sort of coloured silks there age eight, can still hear click of hair scissors next door.

Posted by June on 05/01/2014

My mother, Frances Leggott, did indeed have a wool shop in Pasture Road. Not sure I have any photos but will have a look around.

Posted by Tony on 02/01/2014

Branson Bowles was on Boothferry Road, the first shop after the Station Hotel; Edmund Gibbins was in Pasture Road. My sister-in-law worked in Foster & Tetleys; also Gunns who had the fish and chip shops were her aunties. Finally I used to always buy my darts from Seltzers and afterwards from the Northern when he moved there.

Posted by Tony on 03/05/2015

I was in the wallpaper shop on Pasture Road, which used to be Edmund Gibbins yesterday. When I went through the door I noticed a mosaic patch on the floor which I imagine was originally outside going by the shape of it. Written in the tiles was the name "Stanley George and Sons". Does anyone know who they were or what business they were in? Thanks.

Posted by Keith on 20/02/2014

Does anyone remember Mellors Bike Shop on Pasture Road? The pungent smell of inner-tube adhesive when walking through the door. H&S would have had a field day.

Posted by Ann on 07/05/2014

I lived in Goole from 1961 to 1971. I went down Pasture Road most days. I think the pram and baby shop was owned by Mr Donoghue. I know he owned a shop which had some brilliant toys in the window. His wife taught at Kingsway Primary School. They also owned a bike shop down Pasture Road. I think there was Keith Sandersons Jewellers shop and there was a lovely card shop. The butchers at the end of Pasture Road was called Mr Crapper and the chemist next door was a Mr Coggrave. My favourite shop was the Goole Times Shop on Boothferry Road

Posted by Karen on 05/07/2014

Does anyone remember my grandad "White's Ice cream" selling Italian ice cream outside the market from a barrow. He pushed it round the streets of Goole, ringing a bell. He had a shop down Ouse Street originally and ended up with a sweetshop at the top of Henry Street. A real character!

Posted by Jan on 15/07/2014

I remember Antonio White and his ice cream cart. It was wonderful ice cream. He also sold hot chestnuts in winter in front of the market.

Posted by FW on 31/07/2014

I went to GGS with Antonio White's son, John, in the 1950s, but my mother, Kathleen Jolley went to school with Antonio in the late-1920s. His mother was Maria and known as "Ice Cream Mary."

Posted by Karen on 08/08/2014

I don't know of Antonio White's son John. My grandad, who people remember selling ice cream from the cart in front of the market, was known as Antonio although it was his father's name. His father (my great-grandad) started the ice cream business in Goole. I'm not certain but I think my grandad's mother was known as "Ice Cream Mary", although that may have been her sister. I will check with my Auntie Pat, my dad's sister, who now lives near Otley. (I could do with one of grandad's ice creams right now. Glorious weather eh).

Posted by Bill on 17/08/2014

When I was sorting through some old photos recently I came across one taken in 1967 of a derelict house in Goole and among the debris in the garden is a dumped ice cream trolley which has the inscription "Whites Genuine Ice Cream" on the front. Quite poignant.

Posted by Karen on 21/08/2014

How very interesting. The shop my grandad sold ice cream from was in Ouse Street and I can't remember when that street was demolished (the Capricorn night club is built around that area now). I wonder if the cart is in the backyard of there? I will contact my auntie Pat to find out more. We have the old sign "WHITE's" hanging in our garage but that's all.

Posted by Anon on 05/08/2014

I remember next door to the Carlton was Radio Rentals. When we moved up a notch from going to Richardson in Pasture Road for our accumulator to be recharged, we had Radio Rentals put in the new radio with the controls hidden behind the curtains. I seem to remember that we only had two channels.

My sister and I came out of the Carlton to see a fire engine racing by. We chased after it and followed it to our house, our chimney was on fire.

Posted by The Clitheroe Kid on 15/08/2014

Does anyone else remember when there were chip shops all over the place? Let's say, in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. There was always a long queue on a Friday dinnertime wherever you went. Does anyone else remember the postcard size poems and funnies stuck on the walls of some of them? Your eyes would be drawn to them as your chips browned. They were penned by someone by the name of LuLu? A bit saucy some of them were, like seaside postcards. I'll give you an example. In fact it's the only one I can remember.

She offered her honour
He honoured her offer
And all of the night
It was honour and offer

Posted by Derek on 15/08/2014

Does anyone remember the name of the dress makers, opposite Goole Baths about 40 or 50 years ago? Began with an "S" if I recall correctly?

Posted by TCK on 15/08/2014

Was it a family name or a stylish name? Probably totally wrong here but I have got the name "Sabine" in my head now. I think Sabine is a style of dress too. While we are talking about across from the Baths, there was a quaint little knitting shop called Wendy Wool. That doesn't help, I know. I'll get me coat!

Posted by Karen on 01/12/2014

I remember being a child in a pram sitting outside Maypole on Boothferry Road and the shop owner came out to give me a fig biscuit. I ended up working as a Saturday girl in the same shop when it became Liptons, starting in 1970. Mr Waterfall was the manager, always whistling with always a smile and a joke. I worked with the late Dawn Campling, such a lovely lass. We used to drink camp coffee at break time in the back, down some stairs in a long funny shaped room. We sold joints of meat and cooked meats, weighed out in quarters, ready in the window. Cheeses of every kind and cooked chickens on the spit, twice the size they are now in Tesco. It was my job to put the canopy up to shield the window. Wow was it busy on a Friday and Saturday! The shop completely full of customers from morning until evening and hardly anyone pushed in or complained.

Next door was Baines Toy Shop (how exciting that shop window was!) then Maynards Sweetshop then Kitwoods Bakery on the corner. The other way was a bakers and Marks and Spencers and the shoe shop (was it Freeman Hardy Willis?) and Dewhursts Butchers. Also the gas showroom. Not that long ago but oh how different now.

Posted by Anon on 09/12/2014

I have just enjoyed a few moments reading your memories. It's nice that people write down their memories of our wonderful town as we remember them in the late-1960 and early-1970s.

The girls who worked for the shops in the town was so pleased and proud to work for these companies. M&S, Boots, Woolworths and many more. My wife started working for Boots the Chemist in 1963 at fifteen years old. Her pay check was £1/7/6 and on her sixteenth birthday a 12/6 a week pay rise bringing her wages up to £2 a week. Wow she thought, what she was going to do with all this money, her mother soon told her how to spend it - she put up put up her board.

Posted by Keith on 14/01/2015

Anyone remember the names of the two tool shops that used to be on Pasture Road in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s?

Posted by Corby on 15/01/2015

There was only one real tool shop in Pasture Road in the 1950s, T.S. Kayes. I had left before the 1960s so cannot comment.

I started work at Smith Bros, Bridge Street in 1949. After a year in small craft I started a five year apprenticeship. I was instructed to make myself a tool box which was then filled with tools purchased by my employer from Kayes. I still use a dovetail saw with their name on it.

Posted by Tony on 15/01/2015

Kayes was the first shop in Pasture Road next to the entrance to the Station Hotel yard. The other one was Kirbys which was nearly opposite Second Avenue. Although they were tools/ironmongers, they always had a big display of sheath knives which you could buy and carry around in those days.

Posted by Keith on 15/01/2015

In 1956 I too was sent by my employer to Kirbys for a few basic tools to start my apprenticeship.

Posted by Keith on 15/01/2015

How many cycle shops were there in Goole around that time?

Posted by Karen on 18/01/2015

I know there was Discount Cycling down Pasture Road - is it still there? Albert Smith ran it and then his daughter Val followed by his grandsons and great-grandsons. Albert was a real character, I remember him running Val Cleaners at the top of the Arcade in Victoria Street. I worked for Mr Smith in the 1970s when I was sixteen as an office girl at United Friendly Insurance down Aire Street. He kept everyone on their toes. He used to ring me from the phone box opposite pretending to be an old lady with an insurance claim! I used to get him a "cuppa tea and a date square" every day from Phyllis' cafe below us. He could reel monologues off like no one on earth. One of Goole's characters - never to be forgotten.

Posted by Tony on 18/01/2015

Is this cycle shops or shops that sold bikes? I`m struggling a bit here, late-1950s/early-1960s: Bamforths, North Street and Pasture Road; Heaths, Aire Street; Currys, Boothferry Road; Woodalls, corner of Argyle Street and Carlisle Street; Donoghues, Bridge Street.

In the late-1960s John Donoghue started on the corner of Marlborough Avenue, then later to the corner of Third Avenue and extended to what it is now when he took over what was Flowers Shoe Shop. The one down Bridge Street was his father which I believe was taken on by his brother Peter. That`s my lot, but I expect you will probably name others. Not sure when Discount Cycles started.

Posted by Keith on 18/01/2015

You got most of them except Mellors on the corner of Marlborough Avenue (don't remember John Donoghue taking over though). Most seem to forget Heaths, probably because it was sort of squashed in between shops on Aire Street.

Posted by Tony on 19/01/2015

Mellors was the one I forgot. We lived in Marlborough Avenue until 1970 and my wife bought a bike from the top of the street. I found the bill in some very old paperwork for the bike, PE. Donoghue, 65 Pasture Road. I think that might be what was Mellors.

Posted by Keith on 16/04/2015

When I lived in Marlborough Avenue, Mellors owned the bike shop where we bought our catty 'lastic and have our punctures repaired. But I believe Donoghues did take it over.

Posted by Paul on 18/04/2015

Mellors was the official Raleigh agent in Goole and that was the main reason why Donoghues purchased the business.

Posted by Keith on 18/04/2015

I always thought Currys on Boothferry Road was the Raleigh agent in Goole?

Posted by Graham on 20/04/2015

My granddad, John William Theaker, had a bicycle shop in Old Goole across from the entrance to the Shipyard. He sold Raleigh bicycles and the huge sign on the gable end of the shop said "Theaker's for Raleigh". It stayed there for years after he sold up and retired, but was eventually covered over by a new occupant. A great pity, the sign was the first thing you saw on rounding the corner of the road where the circus used to set up each year.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 22/04/2015

I remember in the 1940s and 1950s, just along from Hunt's Corner where the circus would pitch up, there was a cobbler's hut belonging to Cobbler Joy on Swinefleet Road, opposite the Shipyard, under some trees. There was a grass field behind the hut, and the entrance to Johnsons Farm was a bit further along the road. The row of shops just past the farm and before Morley Street had a demon barber who once managed to stick a comb in the back of my neck, drawing blood. I still keep away from the Sweeneys for as long as possible, until I really do have to go!

Posted by Catherine on 07/06/2015

Can anyone remember a grocers shop on Aire Street? My grandma used to supply them with curd, must have been in the 1930s/1940s.

Posted by Keith on 07/06/2015

I can't remember the name but it was sited near to the Macintosh Arms. I think Les Broadley Builders took it over in the late-1950s for a short period, double fronted property, think they used it as a store/office.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 14/07/2015

On Saturday afternoons I used to walk over the docks, past the Lowther, and along Aire Street, heading for the tanner rush at the Cinema or Cosy. From a vague memory, that grocers shop may have been called Hopleys.

Posted by Keith on 14/07/2015

Hopleys was sited near to Bevans Hardware Store. The shop I remember was nearer the Globe Cafe.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 14/07/2015

In the early-1960s the Arcade was of course the location for Peter Halls Music Shop, a real treasure trove back then. I remember one of my friends and his other pals would buy a "single" there on Saturday mornings, then saunter along Boothferry Road with it on display, up one side, then back along the other, just to shoot the breeze. Oh, happy days!

Posted by Keith on 14/07/2015

I can't remember Peter Halls in the Arcade, but I do remember him next to Thompsons Veterinary Surgery at the corner of Aire Street and North Street and later in Pasture Road. But then again my memory not what it used to be!

Posted by Goolie Gone on 15/07/2015

I'd forgotten about that little place on the corner of North Street, before Peter Halls moved into the Arcade. I seem to remember a girl called Brenda worked there, and really knew her music. Along from there, past the Sydney, was a place on the corner of Aire Street and Ouse Street, run by a guy named Griggs. It was full of old comics and magazines which would be worth serious money now!

Posted by Keith on 15/07/2015

Yes, Brenda did work for Peter Hall. The comic shop could that have been Scotty Drurys just on the corner of Ouse Street/Aire Street. He had everything second hand.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 17/07/2015

Seems you must have known Brenda at Peter Halls, in those days. That shop on the corner would have been Scottys place, though I remember a guy called Griggs working there. He was a stocky bloke, with a Clark Gable-type 'tache. Across the road, in Aire Street, Bevans seemed to stock almost anything a handy- (or not so handy-) man might want, the kind of place we just took for granted back then. Four candles, fork handles, you name it, they had it!

Posted by Keith on 17/07/2015

Smiths Radio Shop next door to Scottys, could have been there?

Posted by Tony on 23/07/2015

Don`t remember Peter Hall in the Arcade, D&F Electrics were down there and sold records, we used to spend most of Saturday afternoon in there playing records.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 23/07/2015

About Peter Hall's and the Arcade, I was sure it was there for a time, and that Brenda worked there, but my memory bump must have got, er, yes, what was I going on about? Well, maybe then my recollections are somewhat impressionistic - of course, we've had the Sixties since then…

Posted by Bill on 24/07/2015

I thought Peter Halls was in the Arcade? (Singles were 6s/8d). Was there another record shop on Boothferry Road approx. opposite the top end of Pasture Road?

Posted by Goolie Gone on 24/07/2015

I bought my first ever LP (by Elvis) in the Arcade, and was pretty sure it was from Peter Halls - about four or so shops in, on the left-hand side, from the Victoria Street end. There was certainly a record shop there, though Keith and Tony reckon that it was owned by somebody else.

And I do remember a shop that sold records, opposite the Station Hotel, because I used to go out with a girl that worked there.

Posted by Keith on 24/07/2015

The record shop down the Arcade was originally A to Z Electrical, later becoming D&F Electrical. The shop opposite the Station Hotel was originally Sheppards Music Shop, later becoming D&F Electrical which moved from the Arcade. But I have been told by a reliable source that Peter Hall and Brenda were down the Arcade. All the above sold records!

Posted by Transportman on 25/07/2015

I remember Peter Halls down the Arcade like you say, three or four shops down on the left from Victoria Street in the mid-1960s. Always the first stop for records. In the unlikely event they didn't have it in stock, we tried Woolies or Richardsons on the corner of Red Lion Street and Pasture Road. I've still got one of their bags serving as a record sleeve.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 28/07/2015

Thank you for confirming that Peter Halls (and Brenda) were down the Arcade. Maybe the little grey cells aren't yet in complete disarray after all. Yep, us Gooligans could pick up our records in one of several places back then.

Posted by Polo on 05/08/2015

I too remember the record shop down Pasture Road/Centenary Road, bought a few "singles" from there myself. The lad that had it was Phil Sprakes, a really nice guy. If what you wanted was "a bit far out" and he didn't have it in stock he could get it quick time. There was something special about such shops with rows and rows of singles, LPs, posters on the walls, etc. The big music stores today are too clinical for me and the music ain't as good either.

Posted by Patricia on 21/07/2015

Can anyone remember Newbold Bakery? They delivered to the small grocery shop on Grange Road in the 1960s (now a house)?

Posted by Tony on 23/07/2015

In the late-1950s, Newbolds Bakery had a depot on Kingsway between Queensway and the council houses. All local deliveries were made from there.

Posted by Margaret on 30/07/2015

The small grocery shop on Grange Road was Charley Bests. I used to live in Chestnut Avenue.

Posted by Margaret on 11/08/2015

Patricia. Is your aunt Mabel Watson? If so, we have been friends since 1947, and of course I knew your mum. Betty, Sylvia and Tina. My little brother, born down Chestnut Avenue, ten years after me adored Mabel. Sadly he left us in 2009. We left Chestnut Avenue in 1952 and our neighbours down there were Rosaleen Marrit, Clynes and Bowes Chapman and Gosney, he became mayor at one time. Of course Iris Skegall lived next to your mam and I had an aunt down Seavy Road, Binnington, also a great aunt on Grange Road, Edith Gilliam. Next to aunt Edith lived Mary Thompson who married my cousin John Nicholson in 1957. You will be quite a bit younger than me I guess as I am just two months older than Mabe. Been nice remembering my times down there. Thanks.

Posted by Patricia on 11/08/2015

Hi Margaret. Yes, it is my Auntie Mabel, she did tell me she knew you for a long time. Mum remembers you very well too. I only remember a few things about Grange Road, being brought up in Scunthorpe.

Posted by Paul on 04/08/2015

I was reading an article in the Hull Daily Mail regarding patties being made from mashed potatoes and sage or some other variant. I recall in the early-1950s having patties from the fish shop in Weatherill Street that were two slices of potato with fish in the middle. Is my memory failing?

Posted by Goolie Gone on 04/08/2015

Our local chippie in Percy Street also sold such patties, covered in batter - either with fish between the 'taties, or sausage meat. Patty and chips - cheaper than fish 'n' chips, too! Healthy livin' back then.

Posted by Polo on 05/08/2015

Wow, you've got my taste buds going now. Gladys Thomson's chippie in Percy Street, best for miles around and as much vinegar as you wanted! A big bag of chips 4p. Could smell 'em from our house, brilliant.

Posted by Keith on 05/08/2015

You couldn't beat the peppery taste of the patties from the "Patty Shop". Waites of course, straight out of the swimming baths. Now they WERE patties!

Posted by JG on 19/12/2015

I was born in 1972 and lived in Goole until I was 21. I was talking with my dad recently about when Darth Vader visited the toy shop on Boothferry Road near the Clock Tower end of the now pedestrianised bit. Does anyone else remember this? I have no idea who Darth Vader was, I don't expect it was the real guy - after all we are talking about Goole and not London.

I remember being scared to death because he was towering over me. I'm pretty sure I didn't dream it. I clearly remember not wanting to go into the shop at the time and there was a queue of people all waiting to meet him.

Posted by Jane on 28/12/2015

Does anyone have any memories of Walter Shorts? He and his son dealt in bottled mineral water (would have been worth a fortune today!) I believe he also had a few horses.

Posted by Keith on 30/12/2015

I remember Shorts, they had a bottling factory on First Avenue. I used to play in the field behind what is now the Bingo Hall with one of the sons Bobby (Bob), I think they had a sister too. The factory closed down around the 1950s I would say. I also seem to remember a heavyweight boxer related to the Short's used to visit them, think it was Bruce Woodcock but could be wrong.

Posted by Jane on 17/01/2016

Thanks for that Keith, it's always good to have first-hand memories. Walter Short the elder was my great-grandfather. He had seven children Edwin, Clarence, Florence (my grandmother) Doris, Walter (who carried on the business) Emma and Ethel. I have a photo of my mum, Doreen Collier, on one of Walter's horses in the yard. It was a skinny looking beast! I believe that the bingo hall used to be Joseph Glews the undertaker who dealt with my mum's brother's funeral. He was only six weeks old.

Posted by Bill on 17/01/2016

Any old bikers remember the motorbike shop down Aire Street? Was it called Pettys? I recall he usually had something decent out front, like a BSA. Road Rocket and a lot of very dubious dirty stuff inside.

Posted by Transportman on 18/01/2016

I remember Jack Pettys Motorbike Shop down Aire Street. Rod Allinson and John Cotter used to be his mechanics, John had a BSA Gold Star. Jack always told me I would never have any money while I had motorbikes and women. When he stopped dealing in bikes to concentrate on his garage and MOTs he sold 100 bikes to the scrap man for £100. As he used to say, "if he knew then what he knew now", but no one expected the classic scene to take off like it did.

Posted by Sam on 24/01/2016

Jack Pettys was down in a bit of a hollow in Aire Street at the back of the bus stops. Jack didn't rush at repairing stuff, in fact I took my Yamaha 80 to him to sort out the gearbox in 1969, yes 1969, and it isn't ready yet! A real nice jovial guy whom I reckon they modelled Arthur Daley on! I used to call in weekly to see if the Yamaha was ready and it was a different excuse every time, but I knew he was running out of what to say next when he told me the ship carrying the parts from Japan had sunk in the North Sea with all hands lost! What a man.

Posted by Keith on 25/01/2016

I think Jack was the brother of the Petty who had a shop on Aire Street. I also believe he was a pro-motorcyclist at some time. I think he either left Goole or passed away and Jack took over the business before moving to Cross Chapel Street in the dip. Could be wrong, possibly someone out there has more info.

Posted by Sam on 26/01/2016

I recon you are thinking of Ray Petty who was more than well known for his motorbike skills. He was an accomplished rider himself setting many track records but is known more for his engineering skills, and especially engine tuning of the Manx Norton engine which were a class apart then, plus he designed and built his own frames. An original frame or engine today if found and authenticated would be lottery money, he was that good. Ray was from down south somewhere, Hampshire I think, and would be surprised if he was Jack's relation but I'll stand corrected on that one. I haven't been in the Aire Street area for decades and dare say it's all gone now under development and tarmac.

Posted by Keith on 26/01/2016

Actually that part of Aire Street is still much the same. Pettys Garage is still there in the dip, now run by Jack's son Keith.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 19/01/2016

In the late-1950s I used to walk past Donoghues Bike Shop on Bridge Street daily, on my way to school. A few doors away was Tommy Dunderdales Butchers, and on the corner of Doyle Street was a chemist, Kenneth Work, opposite The Cape. There were other shops on the other side of Bridge Street, including a post office/newsagents, and a tailors, Leacys, if I remember, on the corner of South Street.

This was back when we lived in black and white - now long, long ago!

Posted by Denise on 18/02/2016

Anyone know the name of the builders merchant that was either on or near Carter Street somewhere near the old sub post office? Thanks.

Posted by Keith on 18/02/2016

The builders merchants was Williamsons.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 18/02/2016

I seem to remember that the sub-postmaster near Carter Street (in the 1960s) was called Harrand. Does anyone know what became of the family? Thanks.

Posted by Geoff on 19/02/2016

Do not know too much about the Harrand Family. I am pretty sure they had a son called Peter, who worked at G.W. Townend Chartered Accountants down Carlisle Street. He married a girl from Carlton called Janet Lazenby.

Posted by Paul on 19/02/2016

I went to Boothferry Road Infants and junior schools with a Peter Harrand from about 1948 -1955 until I left to live in Hull. That would make him in his early 70s. Did a quick Google and found a Peter Harrand who is a councillor on Leeds City Council. One of the pages says he moved to the Leeds area in 1966 from East Yorkshire. It may be coincidental but he is/was a chartered accountant, has a wife called Janet and is 71. As I haven't seen him for about 60 years, I didn't recognize him from his photograph. I have a photo of him and the class in the infant's playground but it didn't help!

Posted by Geoff on 20/02/2016

Checked with my sister who knew Janet Lazenby. Says Janet does live in the Leeds area. Also looked at the picture you mentioned and l am pretty sure that is the Peter Harrand we are talking about.

Posted by Peter on 20/02/2016

Good to hear about Peter Harrand. We were in the same year at GGS, though I lost touch after leaving in 1961. Clearly, Peter didn't have far to go to get to school, or to Townends, for that matter!

Posted by Keith on 20/02/2016

Have it on good authority that Peter Harrand was a relation to the Harrands that had the Carter Street Post Office. Peter's parents did have a Post Office but it was on Bridge Street, Old Goole. It was pulled down along with other shops along the street and they then moved to Goole.

Posted by Tony on 28/04/2016

I've just found two Airfix 00 scale models in the loft, bought from Pennywise, 29p each. Where was the shop? Thanks.

Posted by Tony on 13/05/2016

Pennywise was on the corner of Jackson Street in the old Easthams Furniture Shop.

Posted by Anon on 10/08/2014

I worked for LEP Transport in the 1960. I was a lorry driver working out of Fifth Avenue. The amount of work done there was unbelievable. The depo opened midnight Sunday and work carried on for 24 hours a day until Saturday lunch. Then all the lorries were put away until midnight Sunday when it all started again, unloading and loading for the day's deliveries.

Lorries were in and out of Fifth Avenue day and night. After our day's work we would return back to the depo to be greeted by "bump and scratches" to see if you had done any damage to the vehicle. Charley Gell took over and fuelled the vehicle, we just handed our notes to the foreman who was Slippy Marshall, he was nice chap.

Also in the avenue was the transport house, it was the place for lorry drivers to stay overnight after delivering their loads to the docks.

Posted by Keith on 21/10/2016

I think Charlie Ransom and his wife ran the Transport House B&B for the drivers. Later Charlie and his wife ran the Globe Cafe on Aire Street around the late-1950s/60s.

Posted by Bill on 21/10/2016

Ah yes, the Globe cafe in the early sixties. The clientele could at times be a bit like in the Sydney, with foreign sailors and "dock fairies" - feeling a bit exotic and dangerous for us naive teenagers. Also each year a special promotion when you could buy bottles of coca-cola for only 2d.

Posted by Jane on 06/05/2017

Very vague I'm sorry, but can anyone tell me anything about my grandmother on my dad's side? Don't know her first name but my dad was Reginald Leslie Beamson. I went to see her once in the early 1960's and she ran a corner sweetshop in an area of old terraced houses in Goole. Can't tell you any more than that. I know some of the Beamson family still live in Goole but I've never seen them as mum and dad divorced when I was tiny and are both dead now.

Posted by PC on 13/05/2017

Annie Beamson had a shop at the corner of Byron Street and Weatherell Street. As far as I know she had three sons Jack, Leslie and Douglas. I do not know of any Beamsons still living in Goole.

Posted by Bill on 13/05/2017

There was a Beamson family living in Limetree Avenue in the 1960s.

Posted by Lynda on 12/06/2017

Jane, we have messaged each other before, you were asking about your grandmother. She was called Alice (b. 1897, d. 1995) and is buried in Goole Cemetery, Her son John (always called Jack) and Doris Beamson his wife (my ex father and mother-in-law) are also buried in Goole Cemetery.

She did have sweetshop down Weatherall Street, if I remember rightly, and can remember visiting most weeks when we lived in Goole. I can remember your dad he used to visit his mother and when he did we all had a family get together, I am sure that somewhere I must have a photo of her, if you are interested I will have a dig about in my old stuff. Jack, Doris (who lots will remember worked at the bath hall for years) and their son John did live down Limetree Avenue in Goole for most of the 1950s through to the late-1980s.

Posted by Keith on 02/10/2017

Sammy Thomson had a men's clothes shop on Pasture Road. There was also a Mr Cawthorn on the same road, and Mr Cooper on Boothferry Road. The latter two possibly longer than 20+ years ago.

Posted by Paul on 02/10/2017

I remember Mr Cawthorn who was also the choirmaster at St. Pauls.

Posted by Keith on 21/11/2017

In its day Goole had quite a lot of butchers. Can you name any? I'll start you off with… Crapper.

Posted by Tony on 21/11/2017

Darnborough, Auty, Abdy, Claybourn, Cowling, Sutherland, Dunderdale, Garrett - there;s a few more. There were three Crappers one next to the George, one facing Pasture Road (now a barbers) and one on the Pasture Road corner of Elsie Street brothers only remember Frank and Tom.

Posted by Keith on 25/11/2017

I don't remember a butcher at the corner of Elsie Street, only a bakers shop, but yes you got most. Nightingales, on the corner of Burlington Crescent was another; Storrs (mainly cooked meat), at the top of Marlborough Avenue; Co-op, where fishing tackle shop is now on Westfield Avenue, they had many dotted around the town. Think the one on corner of First Avenue and Pasture Road was possibly a Crapper, but it did change hands a few times?

Posted by Keith on 26/11/2017

Just remembered another butcher… Oldridges on Aire Sreet.

Posted by Tony on 26/11/2017

I should have remembered Oldridge, he used to supply all the ships. The corner of First Avenue was Rooks.

Posted by RDW on 27/11/2017

Gowlands in Dunhill Road

Posted by Fiona on 07/01/2018

There was Colin Snells Butchers on Pasture Road, Rewcastles on the other side of the road, Dewhursts on Boothferry Road and a Co-op butcher on Argyll Street. The butcher died in the Co-op one when he was serving in the shop, sometime in late-1970s or early-1980s.

Posted by Corby on 08/01/2018

Colin Snell - a blast from the past. He was one of a family who lived two doors down from me in Stanley Street. They had a whippet named Nell. Nell Snell - good choice for a name. Whenever I left the street to go on my many rambles this dog would follow. In other words she adopted me. Mary, Colin's mum knew of this, but didn't mind. The last time that I spoke to Mary she told me that she was living above Colin's shop, but I did not know where.

Posted by Fiona on 08/01/2018

It's always interesting which butchers people had allegiances to. My grandparents who lived on Hook Road had always gone to Fosters, they were personal friends of Mr and Mrs Foster. When that became Claybournes they went there and so did my parents until it closed. Then my parents went to Oldridges and my grandparents to Richard Auty.

At that time everyone knew the butchers, they were real members of the community. Richard Auty was a churchwarden at St. Johns.

There was also Jos Sloans in the market, my mum would never ever buy anything from her, because her father told her that he bought cheap cattle that were unfit to be exported. However he also farmed and I imagine he was getting cheap store cattle this way and not selling unfit meat in his shop. I remember he had a TV in his shop in the Market Hall and use to watch the wrestling on a Saturday afternoon.

Posted by Corby on 08/01/2018

Nightingales Butchers was on the end of our street and Burlington Crescent which we used until we left. I notice that they're still going on Carlisle Street.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 23/01/2018

I too remember Jos Slowens place on Goole market in the 1960s. On Saturday mornings I used to do some shopping for an aunt, and Jos's meat shop was one of my regular calls. I recall him as being a big guy, who must have downed plenty of his own meat products - or maybe it was just me that was little and skinny, 'cos I didn't get much meat!

Posted by Keith on 25/11/2017

Another quickie, how many fish and chip shops (before 2000) can you name?

Posted by Tony on 26/11/2017

Humes, Tomlinson, Waites, Gunns (Pasture Road and Weatherill Street), Fletchers, Atkinsons, Molloys, Ullerthornes (Queensway and Richard Cooper Street - smashing patties). Was it Kellys on North Street? All these go back to late-1950s.

Posted by Keith on 27/11/2017

There was one in a front room on West Street, another in a front room on Colonels Walk. Goole must have eaten a lot of fish and chips, along with lots of meat, in the 1950s/1960s.

Posted by RDW on 27/11/2017

Kirbys in Carter Street.

Posted by Paul on 27/11/2017

Would Gunns on Weatherill Street have been there in the early-1950s? I recall a fish shop between Milton Street and Byron Street. The next door neighbour to my grandparents, Dora Gates, worked there and her husband had a cobblers shop in Laura Street.

Posted by Corby on 08/01/2018

Marshalls fish shop was replaced by the Atkinsons after we left.

Posted by Carl on 09/03/2018

Does anyone remember the Watsons chip shop on Richard Cooper Street circa-1930s?

Posted by Bill on 23/01/2018

One of my memories of Goole Market in the 1960s was the gypsies who used to come into town to shop there. They used to smell very strongly of wood smoke. Strange the things you remember.

Posted by Keith on 04/10/2018

How many furniture shops past, can you remember in Goole?

Posted by Bill on 04/10/2018

My decidedly hazy recollection is of a furniture store that was originally located somewhere near the Carlton Cinema. It moved to their new purpose designed premises in their "library" building, didn't like it (and were probably made a good financial offer by the Council who were looking for somewhere for the new library) and decided to move back to where they came from. Can't remember their name.

Posted by Corby on 04/10/2018

Flemmings was the furniture shop near the Carlton. Out of interest Mrs Flemming was the sister of Goole wartime hero Eric Heworth. Eastham's first furniture shop was in between Stanley Street and Estcourt Street.

Posted by Keith on 04/10/2018

Eddie Easthams had two shops before the library one. One next to Carlton Cinema, and one where Gotches is now on Escourt Terrace. When this shop was knocked down he moved to the library but I think he keep the Carlton one for quite a while after.

Posted by Corby on 04/10/2018

Two schoolmates of mine, Geoff Hepworth and Dennis Foster, on leaving school in 1949 started their apprenticeship for Easthams Estcourt Terrace. It was Joyce Heworth, who married Flemming, who had their first shop near the Carlton.

Posted by Keith on 04/10/2018

I remember when attending Alexandra Street school in the 1940s/50s as stated where Gotches is now, there were two shops nestling under a wrought iron and glass canopy. One of these was Easthams the other I can't remember who owned it. These shops were pulled down to make way for the building that's there now, originally a garage and workshop, now Gotches electrical shop.

Easthams other shop in the 1950s and later was joined to the Radio Relay shop next to the Carlton picture house. Flemmings, as I remember, was at the corner of Montague Street about the same time. This shop has had many tenants since and is now a Polish supermarket.

Posted by Corby on 05/10/2018

I appear to be getting too old for this, having had a severe reprimand from my wife.

It appears Easthams other shop was near the Carlton. It was Robinsons opposite the library, Flemmings was on the corner of Montague Street. Butlers was opposite Sutton Street and was where she had earmarked furniture for our new home, if we had stayed in Goole, but I whisked her away. The rest is history.

Posted by Paul on 08/10/2018

As well as the Eastham shop near the Carlton they also had a warehouse on Jackson Street opposite No. 47-49 where my relations lived.

Posted by Denise on 16/11/2018

There was also Robinsons down Carlisle Street. When my girls were babies they loved going past in the pushchair and shouting because it echoed down the deep doorway.

Posted by Keith on 17/11/2018

Others were the Co-op, Jacksons, Alan Wales and a bit later Hargreaves.

Posted by Tim on 19/11/2018

Butlers on Carlisle Street was owned by Vin Butler who employed his two brothers and a small number of staff. They had a lot of contracts with local offices and renown for quality.

Posted by Keith on 20/11/2018

I think another could have been Mr Wroe who was on Aire Street but could be wrong

Posted by Daniel on 14/11/2019

My wife and I had a dress shop in Pasture Road opposite Marlbrough Avenue, part of a block of shops, called Mayfair Fashions. Can anybody remember it and may have a photo of shop front?

Posted by Claire on 29/08/2020

Does anyone know if there was a sewing/Singer shop with an adjacent butchers? 1940s-50s. Possibly Pasture Road. Thanks.

Posted by Keith on 30/08/2020

Yes, there was a Singer Sewing Machine Shop next to Garratts Butchers on Pasture Road. When the shop first opened, don't know what year, my uncle was the manager. I believe it closed in the 1950s. I also delivered meat on occasions for the butcher.

Posted by Claire on 03/09/2020

Thanks. Do you know what is in its place now just so I can find it on Street View? Apparently there was a door in-between the two shops. This led to what was then my great-grandparent's house which I would love to find out more about.

Posted by Keith on 05/09/2020

At the corner of Third and Second Avenue in the 1950s/1960s were Childs Greengrocers (later Hawksworths Greengrocers); then Inglelby Printers; next Singer Sewing Machines; next Garretts Butchers; next a ladies hairdresser, I think maybe Miss Seltzer (later Mrs White); possibly a shop next door; then Morrills Painter and Decorators (later Hawksworths Electrical).

I might be way out on some but certainly there were doors to Inglebys and the Singer side by side. Whether the house you are looking for was originally one of these. Most shops were also living accommodation for the owner and possibly the frontage was let off.

Posted by Alan on 28/09/2020

My grandparents, Mary Harrand (maiden name Brigham) and Len Harrand (Charles Leonard Harrand) ran the Boothferry Road post office until late-1970s. I would sit as a toddler and stamp the pension books.

They were at the opposite side to Jackson's. There was a newsagents round the corner with a barbers above the newsagents. The barbers was exactly like a 1950s/1960s barbers was expected to be.

Opposite was the cinema. I remember watching Herbie on a Saturday afternoon.

Posted by Tom on 19/11/2020

My wife and I were reminiscing of our childhood and we discovered something we both looked forward to some Saturdays. For her a very special treat was a banana milkshake which in Russia in the 1950s was virtually unheard of. I too enjoyed the same at a cafe on Boothferry Road almost opposite Northern. Can anyone remember the name of this cafe? Thanks.

Posted by Keith on 19/11/2020

I think the cafe was the Copper Kettle, but never heard of the other one across the road you mention. Did you mean Northern Clothing?

Posted by Tom on 21/11/2020

Thanks. Northern Clothing and the Copper Kettle. Dad bought my first pair of running spikes from Northern, Green Gola spikes - thought they were the bee's knees.

Posted by Bill on 22/11/2020

OK, as we are in Northern Clothing, my recollections from around 1966 is that they were the only store in town which sold the must have fashion item for young lads. Namely, tight fitting, denim jeans of a particular colour - ice blue (very light blue). Strangely, the fashion did not last long and, as far as I know, has not returned!

Posted by Rod on 22/11/2020

The Boothferry Road cafe certainly was the "Copper Kettle". Probably the first place we kids had access to a jukebox.

Posted by Thomas on 30/11/2020

Thanks to all for bringing back the memories of the Copper Kettle. The jeans reminded me of chisel toe shoes which my dad would not let me have (they will ruin your feet) but athletics was ok. Now aged 70, I have spondylosis of the lumbar, arthritic knees and ankles, all down to running, along with numerous other sports, ie. football, track, athletics, rugby and seventeen years as a PTI in the RAF., so probably the shoes would have made no difference to my present state.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 13/01/2021

In the late-1950s/early-1960s, on most Saturday mornings, a friend of mine and three or four of his teen mates would head for Peter Halls Music Shop in the Arcade, where, after about half-an-hour's browsing, one of them would buy a new, promising "single" on 45 rpm. The gang would then slowly mooch along Boothferry Road from the market end, with the new record enticingly held by the lucky buyer at around shoulder level, inviting an "Oo, what've you got there, then?" Hopefully from girls rather than the other lot. Mostly, it worked. They would cross the road when opposite the North Eastern, then mooch slowly back towards Maynards.

Seems like this rite of passage carried on for a few decades, in one shape or another!

Posted by Keith on 13/01/2021

I remember Peter Hall at the corner of North Street and Ouse Street. Then Arcade, then Pasture Road.

Posted by Corby on 13/01/2021

When the big bands hit the scene at the Baths it opened a whole new world for the circles I moved in. I bought an old wind up record player, taking it to the riverbank. Of course it only played 78s.

I first set of on collecting my records from Sheppards, between the subway and Montague Street. They were always the first to find new releases. So much so that two of my purchases were banned.

Happy memories of a happier life spent with good friends who are no longer with us.

Posted by Goolie Gone on 15/01/2021

Was Peter Halls on the corner of North Street painted red and white, or have I imagined that?

More or less opposite, on the other side of Aire Street, was an ironmonger's place, Bevans, I think. One of those treasure troves that seemed to have anything and everything you wanted. The staff would climb a ladder to get stuff from a drawer just below ceiling height.

Posted by Keith on 15/01/2021

Peter Halls was opposite Bevans, but I can't remember the colour it was painted. It was next door to the vets which stood right on the corner point. Bevan's was just as you described. Can you remember the shop next door to Bevans, or, as you look at Bevans, on its right?

Posted by Goolie Gone on 16/01/2021

You continue to be a mine of information for some of us old Gooligans. I'm not sure about the next-door shop to Bevans, but there was a place a bit further along that had hares and other game hung up outside for sale (was it Hopleys?)

Also, there was a wine shop where my aunt would send me for her bottle of QC. She was partial to the sherry wine, and I was her little helper. They did sell me the stuff, so must have believed it was for a responsible adult, and that I wouldn't be downing it myself round the corner.

Happy days (or daze)!

Posted by Bill on 19/01/2021

I'm looking at a photo of Aire Street in the 1950s. Walking towards the town, you have Barclays Bank, Hopleys, Bevans and then Glews (drapers) and then Heaths (cycles). Photo and info in Susan Butler's "Goole - a pictorial history". There is also a reference in the text to a wine merchants run by H&E Armitage - but its location is not clear.

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