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Our History

The Hull & Goole Port Sanitary Authority was established in 1887 and later became the Hull & Goole Port Health Authority. The Chief Port Health Inspector, Mr Laurence Dettman, has the original Authority Reports from 1886 onwards and they make fascinating reading. Having 52 years service with the Authority he also has a long and detailed knowledge of things port health. Keen historians may research these documents (in person at the Authority offices only) on request to the Chief Port Health Inspector. Photocopies of dates/pages/subjects of interest can be provided on a limited basis subject to an econonmical charge.

The Hull History Centre has most of our archive material in its collection. An online catalogue is available on their website:


The Authority in its present form was established in 1887
Local Port Sanitary Authorities were founded to address the fear of infectious diseases being brought into the country. - Laurence Dettman, Chief Port Health Inspector