The town of Goole is one of the most fascinating towns in England and, though many people may not want to admit it, it can be argued that the United Kingdom would be a lot worse off if it weren't for Goole. Its name may make it sound like it isn't important but the fact of the matter is that Goole is one of the most essential port towns in the country, if not the entire world. The port is able to handle over three millions tons of cargo per annum and you would be hard pressed to find any nation that wouldn't jump at the chance of having such a versatile loading and unloading area. In addition, the cargo handled in Goole has traditionally been extremely essential material such as coal. By all accounts, Goole is nothing if not downright essential to the economy of Britain.
The interesting thing about Goole, though, is that it has achieved its importance in a very short amount of time. In a country where many of the towns date back to the days of the Roman Empire, Goole is something of an infant in the grand scheme of things. Goole as we know it wasn't even around in the early seventeenth century. It was thanks to a particularly bright civil engineer with the curious name of Cornelius Vermuyden that Goole was able to come about in the first place. Vermuyden was working for Charles I at the time and he was damming the River Don and diverting it to the north so that Hatfield Chase could be turned from a swampy wetland into a place where homes and a town could be built. This changed the makeup of the River Don and created a new mouth for it. It was here that the town of Goole began to arise as the perfect port area at the mouth of the new and improved Don. It would still be quite some time until Goole would become the essential and indispensable town that it is now but by the time the Industrial Revolution swept the world it was undeniable that Goole was in the perfect position to take advantage of this reshaping of the world in much the same way that it took advantage of the reshaping of the River Don.
In previous years handling large amounts of cargo could prove to be not worth the expenditure once profits were figured out. With the Industrial Revolution and the brilliant inventions that came with it Goole became the perfect location from which to receive and ship coal as well as other downright necessary items for manufacturing and industry work. If it seems that Goole has been fortunate at every turn in terms of its growth, that is because it basically has had some stunning luck. This luck has been paid back in spades, though, because Goole was part of the reason why the Revolution swept so quickly and successfully. This is one of those instances where the symbiotic relationship between town and country is fully and wholly beneficial and it is not a stretch of the truth to say that neither Goole nor England as a whole would be where they are without one another.