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glass was inserted into the south transept window. It is a stone shield, and had been hidden by wainscoting.

Orate pro anima Magistri Johannis Prophete, Decani Ecclesiæ qui . . .

John Prophete, Canon of York, was Prebendary of Langtoft, 1404; Bugthorpe, 1406; and, on the Pope's Collation, Dean of York 1 April, 1407, to which he was then admitted by proxy, and 23 March, 1408, in person. He died 1 May, 1416. He made his will, dated London 8 April, 1416, proved 14 May, in which he desired to be buried in the Church of Leighton Buzzard, or in his Church of Ringwood, if he chanced to die within the province of Canterbury; or if he died in the north, then either to be buried in the Cathedral Church of York, or his Parish Church of Pocklington. He bequeathed 100 shillings apiece to his nieces Elizabeth Deigncourt and Margery Edolf to pray for his soul, and to Mr. Bryan Fairfax a silver cup with a cover.9

These two were upon buriall escocheons :—

A lozenge, quarterly. 1 and 4. Argent on a bend between 2 unicorns' heads azure 3 lozenges or; 2 and 3. Or, a cross patonce gules (Smethley).

Argent, on a fess vert between 3 cross crosslets sable as many talbots passant argent (Sotheby).

These were in memory of Mr. Robert Sotheby and his second wife. Gules, a chevron ermine between 3 martlets or, (Bayley ?), impaling .. on a chief argent 3 torteaux. (Walton ?)

The same, impaling Argent, on a pale sable three lions' heads erased argent crowned or.

The same, impaling Sable, a chevron between three garbs argent.

The same, impaling Azure, on a fesse dancettée between ten billets or three billets sable.

The same, impaling Gules, a bend ermine. (Walys or Wallis.)

The same, impaling Azure, a bend argent cotised or between six martlets of the last (Mountney).

The same, impaling Argent, a tower tripple-turreted sable. (Castle.) Gules, a chevron between three martlets or.

Test. Ebor. vol. iii., pp. 53, 54. His will was proved at Canterbury on May 14, and at York on June 1. He was buried at Ringwood, where there is part of a fine priestly brass to his memory.

10 I have sought in vain for the owners of these arms, and have appealed not only to books, MSS., &c., but to the principal living authorities on Heraldry. The nearest is Bayley :-" Gules, a chevron engrailed ermine between 3 martlets


argent," or Manyngham :-"Gules, a chevron argent between 3 martlets


The arms were traced by Dodsworth (MS. 137), a series of 17 rough sketches, but no names. Neither do the Registers afford any clue. It is an extraordinary thing that a shield with seven impalements should have no record. My friend Mr. A. S. Ellis thinks they belong to some upstart family of Bailey who

Or, a cross sable (Aton).

Vert, three escallops argent (Anley).

Argent, three bears' heads erased sable muzzled gules. (Barwycke.)

(James Rudston married the d. & h. of Thos. Barwick of Pocklington.) Three coats in one shield :

Centre Gules, three levriers courant in pale argent. (Sir Halnath Mauleverer.)

Dexter: Gules, two bars gemelles and a chief or. (Stodowe.)

Sinister Sable, on a saltier argent (or ?) a trefoil (Ashton ?)

Quarterly. 1 and 4. Stodowe. 2 and 3. Sable, on a saltier or a trefoil. Ashton ?)

Drate pro animabus Roberti Stodowe, Armigeri, Margaretæ, uroris ejus, ac Albani, filii eorundem, quorum animabus propicietur Deus.

Quarterly. 1 and 4. Gules, two bars gemelles, on a chief or a mullett (Stodowe); 2 and 3, Argent. a lion rampant sable. (Creswick.)

"This escocheon was paynted upon the wall, and an escocheon of Hungate by it."

Gules, a chevron engrailed between 3 hounds sejant argent. (Hungate.")


When the Charity Commissioners were here in 1822 or 1823, beyond a board or boards in the church, they found "no documents in the possession of the parish officers relating to the other dole charities. The church chest was searched about a year ago for such documents, and various relics of parchment and paper were found therein, but so defaced by time as to be quite illegible."

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Mrs. Isabella Moor, late of Pocklington, widow, left by her will Ten pounds to be paid into the hands of the Church-wardens six months after her decease, and the interest arising therefrom to be laid out in Bread and distributed by the Minister and Churchwardens to the most indigent poor belonging to the parish of Pocklington every New Year's Day for ever.


Mrs. Ann Blackbeard, by her will dated December 11th, 1732, bequeathed one close in Pocklington, known by the name of Jobson's Close, for ever, for uses hereafter mentioned: viz. Ten shillings to the Parson for a sermon upon St Thomas' Day, Two shillings to the clerk,

flourished in Elizabethan days and as suddenly collapsed. This was a time when there was undoubtedly much mushroom heraldry. There was a family of Bayleys at Bubwith, and one may have come here.

11 A family of Hungates was for some

time resident in Pocklington, and owned property. The west side of Great George Street was called Hungate until after 1815, when George Street, Regent Street, Waterloo Terrace, were named in honour of George III., George IV. (then Prince Regent), and the battle of Waterloo.

One shilling to the sexton, and the residue to be distributed by the Minister, Churchwardens, and Overseers of the Poor to such of the most indigent poor of the parish of Pocklington as they may think proper who may attend divine service on that day.

Robert Chapman, Yeoman, by his will bearing date 23rd of June 1718, did give to the poor of Pocklington the sum of Ten pounds to be paid into the hands of the Overseers of the Poor, and the interest thereof to be laid out in bread and to be distributed in the church every Christmas day yearly. Ten shillings.

Dr Henry Watkinson and Mr John Moor, late Vicar of Pocklington, by deed did settle and agree to be paid out of the Vicarage House, which was then purchased for the use of all succeeding vicars, Ten shillings yearly to be distributed among the most indigent widows and fatherless children there by the Vicar and Churchwardens on the Monday before Easter. Ten shillings.

William Westoby of Pocklington, gent., by his will ordered Five pounds to be paid to the Churchwardens, the interest thereof to be laid out in bread every year, and in the church to be by them distributed among the poor widows at Christmas. Five shillings.

Mr John Seymour of Pocklington, Yeoman, by his will gave half an Oxgang of land laying in the North Fields with the meadow thereto belonging, the rent thereof to be paid to one of the Seymours, and by him and the overseer distributed at Christmas annually. Ten shillings. John Cole of Pocklington, Yeoman, by will gave for the use of the Poor six lands laying on the North Fields, the rent thereof to be paid to the Overseers, and by them distributed to the Poor annually at Easter. 68. 8d.

Rev. J. F. Ellis. Vicar. 1843.
Robert Scaife. Painter.

George Bagley Churchwardens.

John Moor


The above are painted on 2 boards in the south transept.

Other Charities.

Thomas Wood, of Kilnwick Percy, left by will, dated 1568, an annual sum of £10, charged upon his estate of Kilnwick Percy, to be divided among the poor of 44 neighbouring parishes the share due to Pocklington being £1.

William Westoby of Allerthorpe gave 6s. 8d. yearly, payable out of a close in Allerthorpe, at Whitsuntide to the poor of Pocklington to be distributed annually at Christmas by the overseers thereof.

He also gave by will £5, the interest thereof to be distributed annually at Christmas by the overseers among the Poor of Pocklington, which sum is stated on the church tablet to have been lent in 1635 to John Lund, Robert Flint, and William Sotheby, and it is now lost.

Jane Smith, of Pocklington, by will gave 5s. yearly, payable out of Longthorn Close, at Christmas, to the poor of Pocklington, to be distributed by the overseers.

George Smith, of Waplington, gave by will 12s. yearly, payable out of his land at Allerthorpe, to the poor of Pocklington, to be distributed by the overseers at Christmas.

Marmaduke Hewitt, of Pocklington, gave by will 5s. yearly, payable out of a house in Chapmangate, to the poor of Pocklington, to be distributed by the overseers at Christmas.

Ellis Braidley gave by will 108. yearly, payable out of Hall Garth in East Cottingwith, to the poor of Pocklington, to be distributed by the overseers at Lady-day and Michaelmas.

John Scorbrough, of Pocklington, gave by will 13s. 4d. yearly, payable out of Barwick Flatts, being several closes in Barmby Moor Parish, to the poor of Pocklington, to be distributed by the overseers every Christ


Mr. Henry Powell, of Hampton Villa, Esplanade Gardens, Scarborough, who died on the 25th March 1895, by his will and codicil, directs the purchase of £4,300 24 per cent. Consols in the names of the vicar and churchwardens of Pocklington, the interest to be appropriated in the payment of £5 per annum to each of the five ringers of the Parish Church, who, among other services, shall ring a dumb peal on the anniversary of his death; £20 per annum to the organist if his services are satisfactory to the Vicar and churchwardens; £5 per annum each to five choristers for the Parish Church, and £3 per annum to the vicar for the time being for holding a special evening commemoration service and preaching a sermon on the anniversary of his death, and the sum of ten shillings annually to the parish clerk for assisting in that service. The testator also desires that the vicar and churchwardens shall, out of the annual dividends, expend a sufficient sum for repairing and keeping clean the brass tablets and the two windows erected by him in the church to the memory of his deceased parents and wife, and two windows to be placed in the church to the memory of himself by his executor and trustee. The residue of the dividends are to be applied by the vicar and churchwardens as follows:-For such of the poor people of the parish of Pocklington as shall regularly attend the services of the said church, or being regular attendants, are, through illness or infirmity, unable to attend such services, and shall, in the opinion of the said vicar and churchwardens for the time being, be deserving recipients to receive hotcross buns on Good Friday morning, plum loaves on each Christmas Day, each Easter Day, and each Whit Sunday, and the sum of one shilling each after the said annual commemoration service, and the balance, if any, to be distributed amongst the said poor people in bread or money, as the vicar and churchwardens shall think proper, after the morning service on the first Sunday in each month, and the testator further directs that the said vicar shall, out of the annual dividends, retain to himself for his trouble in the matter thirty shillings annually. This legacy is to be paid free from legacy duty.


Robert de Kernetby, capellanus, collated 21 October, 1349, by the Dean of York who always presented.

Reginald de Senier, capellanus, collated 17 April 1356 on the resig nation of Kernetby. He resigned on being appointed to Chantry of Hamelton.

Stephen de Bubwith, capellanus, collated 22 April 1364 and resigned in six months for the vicarage of Bubwith.

Adam de Esyngton, collated 31 October 1364. He resigned.

12 The list of Vicars is incomplete.

Torre only gives ten, Peculiars, p. 683 et


From 1549 a complete list is given in the Registers.

John Stale, collated

He resigned for the vicarage of Burnby. Robert de Pokelington collated 27 June 1382. Resigned for vicarage of Addingham.

Robert de Hewitt, collated . . . He resigned.
Richard Yotton, presbyter, occurs in 1451-53.13


Franciscus Parkar, clericus, collated 27 Alexander Smith, collated . . . 1549. January 1603.

May 1541. He resigned.
Died here and was buried 19

Buried 11 January 1619.
He was both vicar and

John Dobson, collated 19 January 1603.
Richard Elcock collated January 1619.
Master of Pocklington Grammar School, resigning in March 1622.
Leonard Moyser inducted 25 March 1622.


Buried 29 February

James Sotheby collated March 1624. He also was vicar and schoolmaster. Buried 12 August 1630.

Francis Blande collated August 1630. He appears to have resigned.
James Hudson inducted May 1641. Buried 2 August 1673.15
John Moor B.A. clericus. collated August 1673. Buried 14 July


Joseph Lowe. M.A. inducted 18 October 1707. He resigned.

Thomas Lovett M. A. of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, inducted 2 January 1722, by Dr. Henry Finch, then Dean of York. He died 2 December 1776. It was during his vicariat that the Enclosure Act (1 March 1756) was obtained for Pocklington.

Anthony Fountayne collated December 1776. He resigned.

A. F. Eyre occurs as vicar in 1779, with T. Wilcock as his curate.
John Coultred collated 11 May 1794. He resigned.

Charles Wolf collated 27 March 1796 and afterwards assumed the name of Eyre in addition. He resigned.

Charles Hawkins B.C.L. inducted 30 March 1832. He resigned.
George Alexander Cockburn M.A. inducted 9 October 1834.

signed 1843.

. James Frybcis Ellis . . . 1840. Died 1876.


John Henry Wicksteed M.A. Oxon inducted May 1876, resigned 24 September 1893 for vicarage of Bexley, diocese of Canterbury.

John Mason M.A. Cantab., collated November 1883 instituted 9

13 Richard Yotton vicar de Poklington is an executor under the Will of Alicia Burgh, pr. Nov. 20, 1453. Test. Ebor. vol. ij. p. 167. Again William Felter, Dean of York in his Will pr. April 10.1451 -leaves "Domino Ricardo Yotton cs." Ibid., vol. iij., pp. 115-17.

14 "Item, I bequeith to the vicar of Poklington my gowne, y lyeith at Thornton, and one snod of damaske."Will of Thomas Forne, Sub-treasurer of York Minster. pr. 12 Nov. 1533 Ibid. vol. v. pp. 177-79).

15 Vicar Hudson must have been a pronounced Royalist. It was in his day where the entry occurs in the Registers 1644" Bellum."

In 1649, Sept. 26, Recognisances for


the appearance at the azzizes of Marmaduke Richardson of Pocklington, clerk, for "praying publickly before his sermon in the parish church of Pocklington for Charles II., Kinge of Scotland and heire apparent to this realme." Depositions from York Castle. p. 24. Surtees Soc.

Mr. Richardson had to find sureties for his good behaviour.

Humphrey Sydenham is said to have held this vicarage for a few years during the Commonwealth along with the rectory of Ashbrittle in Somerset, but was ejected from both as he was a staunch Royalist. He died 1650 and was buried at Dulverton, also in Somerset. He was succeeded by a Puritan Minister, named Mayne, a man of inferior talents.


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