Went End, East Cowick
This photograph of Went End, East Cowick, was taken circa 1900. Went End served as the gate house to the flood-gate separating the Rivers Don and Went at their junction near Cowick.
A tragedy occurred in 1918, when the gate house collapsed, as is revealed in this article from The Goole Times, 22nd February 1918:
SERIOUS DAMAGE TO DON BANK
COLLAPSE OF SLUICE KEEPER'S COTTAGE
One of the most serious incidents of the recent floods occurred at the junction of the rivers Don and Went, at Cowick, about half-way between Goole and Thorne.
As residents in that locality know, a flood-gate separates the two rivers and this gate is raised or lowered according to the tides in the Don. On Thursday evening last week the Don reached a particularly high level, with serious results for the flood bank at the spot in question. Above the flood-gate, for many feet, this bank, it is now seen, was composed of what is known as warp - merely mud deposited by the river - and the action of the swiftly-running water had the effect of washing away a portion of the bank, which immediately began to subside. The gate house, which adjoined the sluice was, of course, affected, and to such an extent that Mr Goodridge and his family, the occupants, became aware of their danger, and hastened to rescue their belongings from the building, which now began to crack ominously. The floors and doors began to subside and shortly after the building collapsed altogether, part falling into the Went itself at the point where a large section of the bank was washed away, while the remainder fell in ruins at the brink of the breach thus made.
The damage is extensive and will run into hundreds of pounds and it is essential that the repairs be carried out as soon as possible on account of the level of the water in the Went being lowered until the flood-gate once more completely controls this watercourse.
Yesterday engineers and surveyors were on the scene and workmen, including a number of soldiers, are now at work. A scaffold over the damaged portion has also been erected.