Pocklington Congregational Church History


Pocklington Congregational Church History up to 1868.



The gospel was introduced into Pocklington, in connection with Independency, by the preaching of Rev. -- Watkins, in the market place (1788). Application was then made to the church of the Rev. G. Lambert, of Hull, for more regular preachers. York also afforded occasional aid. The first minister was
  • 1793. Rev. ROBERT BLAKE, who remained about two years. He removed to Pickering 1797.
  • - Rev. -- MCBEAN. His ministry lasted about three years.
  • Till now the congregation had assembled in a building belonging to Mr. W. Collingson, who fitted it up at his own expense. But in 1807 a chapel was built, capable of containing between 300 and 400 persons, and was opened 1808.
  • 1809. Rev. THOMAS HICKS (Hackney Acy.). Mr. Hicks preached conjointly at Market Weighton. He remained six years, and in 1814 removed to Doncaster.
  • 1814. Rev. GEORGE WATERHOUSE (of Rotherham Acy.). He stayed two and a-half years, and then removed to Dewsbury 1817.
  • 1817. Rev. THOMAS HUTTON (from Idle Acy.). After the expiration of ten years, Mr. Hutton removed to Allerton 1827.
  • 1828. Rev. RICHARD JESSOP (Idle Acy.). He afterwards settled at Greenacres Moor, 1836.
  • 1836. Rev. -- SHAWYER (from Burlington) for a time occupied the pulpit.
  • 1840. Rev. THOMAS PEARSON. He died Jan. 27, 1844.
  • Oct. 30, 1844. Rev. G. HILLYARD (from Airedale Coll.). He afterwards conformed to the Established Church.
  • Rev. C. CLAYTHORN Occupied the pulpit for a time, but was never ordained.
  • 1854 Rev. W. WHITE (Yeovil, from Nailsea). The present minister (in 1868).
  • There is a Sunday-school, numbering 80 children; and 14 teachers.

* Substantially communicated by Rev. W. White.

Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2014
from the Appendix to
Congregationalism in Yorkshire
by James C. Miall, 1868.