"POCKLINGTON, a small market town in the parish of its name, in the Wilton-Beacon division of Harthill wapentake, east riding, 195 miles from London, 26 from Hull, 17 from Driffield, 13 from York, and seven from Market Weighton; situated on a small stream falling into the Derwent, and within a mile of a canal communicating with that river. It consists principally of two small streets, running nearly parallel with each other, between which is the church, a large plain building, dedicated to All Saints, the living of which is a vicarage, in the patronage of the Dean of York, and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Wolffe Eyre; the resident curate is the Rev. Thomas Brown. The Methodists have three places of worship, and the Roman Catholics a chapel. This town boasts a free school, nobly endowed by a landed revenue of nearly £1400. per annum; the-number of scholars is unlimited; there is besides a national school. Robert Denison, Esq. of Kilnwick Percy (a handsome seat in this neighbourhood), is lord of the manor, and holds a court leet once a year. The inhabitants here are chiefly concerned in agriculture, from which, together with the market and fairs, they draw their principal subsistence. The country around is tolerably fertile, flat in the immediate vicinity of the town, but hilly at a distance of a few miles, affording pleasing scenery. The market, which is well supplied with corn and other marketable commodities, is held on Saturday; the fairs are the 7th of March, 7th May, 6th August, and 8th November, for cattle; the day after the last named fair is a hiring for servants; and there are races on the second of May annually. The entire parish contained, in 1821, 2,163 inhabitants, of which number 1,962 were of the township."
Pigot's National Commericial Directory for 1828-29
by Colin Hinson ©2007