Goole’s industrial heritage celebrated by Powerhouse Minister

November 2, 2016

Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy MP addresses guests at the celebration event.

ABP welcomed the Northern Powerhouse Minister to the port of Goole to an event marking the end of refurbishment works on the port’s last remaining boat hoist.

MP for Brigg and Goole, Andrew Percy MP, spoke at the event, which was held at the town’s Lowther Hotel - itself the subject of a comprehensive redevelopment scheme, stating that the heritage of the area was something that shouldn’t be overlooked as it has an enormous impact on the economy of Goole, and will continue to do so.

More than £200,000 has been invested in the Grade II* listed hoist, with more than £100,000 of that investment put forward by ABP, which owns and operates the Port of Goole. The works will future-proof the structure to ensure it continues to stand guard on the port’s South Dock for residents and visitors to see.

ABP Customer Service and Operations Manager Goole, Danny Carmichael said: “We’re extremely proud to be the custodians of this important part of Goole’s history and we’re pleased to have played a part in making sure the hoist will remain on the port estate for the community to enjoy.

“It’s fantastic to celebrate the end of these works as we can now truly appreciate the ingenuity of those who ran the port in years gone by. It’s a wonderful piece of engineering and we’re committed to ensuring it has a sustainable future.”

The hoist was built in 1912 to transfer coal coming down the inland waterways into the holds of waiting ships ready for export, but it hasn’t been used since the closure of Yorkshire’s coal mines in the 1980s.

The ABP funding was used to improve access by adding a new ladder and balcony and strengthening the internal floors, as well as completing repairs to the cladding on the southern façade, while more than £100,000 invested by Historic England was spent on repairs to the Tipping Ram House.