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January 1894 by the Archbishop of York in person. Inducted 13, and read himself in on 14 January.

There was a Chantry in the Church of Pocklington, at the Altar of St. Mary the Virgin, founded 1302. Only two chantry priests are recorded, Sir William Brown, who died, and 27 November 1545 Sir William Mudy or Moodie who was the last, as chantry priests were abolished in 1547. He died 2 January 1548. (See Testamentary Burials.)

A Guild was founded in this church 1514 by Archdeacon Dowman, an account of which is given under Pocklington School at the end of this account of the Church.

The Registers begin in 1559, and are contained in 19 volumes, of which the two oldest are on parchment. No gap occurs, and with very few exceptions they are legible throughout. The earliest volume contains baptisms, marriages and burials from 1559 to 1711. On the flyleaf is :"The Register Book of ye Parishe of Pocklington written by John Dobson minister. 1600.

"boughte by

"Christopher Sharpe

"John Rosdaile

"The price viijd.


"Received of Thomas Hawkyard and John Williams fourthy shillinges for writinge this Regester Book in parchmente anew for fourthy and two yeares of the reigne of our Sourain Ladye Elizabeth.

"by me John Dobson."

On the back there is a fulsome notice of the Coronation of James I at Westminster, July 29. 1609; and these entries :

Richard Cowland, of Flaxington a vagrant was whipped at Pocklington upon Monday the 9th of July anno 1666.

March 4. 1642. Executed in the markt for a witch Petronel Haxby the smith's wife.

May 13. 1677. Collected yn ye Church six shillings fower pence for one Nichola Christopherus a Gracian who had His Maties Credentiall, &c., for ye redeeming his son and bror out of Captivity.

Nov. 27. 1703. A Great Storm.'6 12 of His Majesties Shippes sunk, 8000 seamen drowned. Atte Yappa ye old oak was uprooted near St. Nicholas his chapple along with many great trees far and near. Mr. Wilberfosse was killed atte Meltonby by the fall of a tree there. Episcopus Bath and Wells killed in his bed. Ye lightho on ye Rock Eddystone clean washed away along with Mr Winstanley ye designer and builder.


16 "So when an angel by divine com


With rising tempests shakes a guilty land;

Dec 10. 1703 Johannes Moor. Vic.

(Such as of late o'er pale Britannia passed.")

Poem. Battle of Blenheim, Addison. 1704.

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1602. May 1. Pade Master John Scaif for repair Ducking Stole 6d.

Walker Sluggs for whipping doggs 4d. 1603. Elizabetha Regina Obiit 23 martij año dom 1602. Anñ Regni 45.

Jacobus Rex proclamata Londini martij 24 añ dom 1602. Ebõr

27 martii. Poclingto 29 martii.
Coronatus feliciter Westmonasť Juli 25 anno dom 1603.

Mestoris annos vinat. valeat. regnet. floreat. 1603. 1608. John Thompson natu maximus was buryed the 2 day of Jan

uarie. 1630. Old wife Green burnt in Market for a witch .. March 3.

Francis Bland. 17 1631. Sept. 29. Here begins the sickuess of the plague.

(49 burials are recorded as due to it.) 1632. July 26. Here by the Goodness and Marcy of Almighty God the

sickness of the Plague ceased. 1643. March 24. Thomas Dobson bewitched was buried. 1644. “Bellum.” (Battles of Marston Moor, Selby, dc. Sieges of

York.) 1654. Thomas Reede and Jane Gautresse were marryed the first day of

July before Richard Robinson Esq. one of the Justices of peace for these parts in the presence of Robert Reed father

of the sayd Thomas, and Thomas Smeethman, the younger son.

(5 similar marriages are recorded.) 1660. Charles II. proclaimed London 8, York 11, and Pocklington 12

May. 1664. June the 5th A collection made in the parish church of Pocklingto

for the rebuildinge of the church of Witheham wherof was

58. 6d. delivered to Willia” Cuminge deputed collector. 1678. July 28. Now follow the Burialls since the Act for burying in

Woollen only took place.
The list contains 48 names with the dates when the affidavits wers

brought. 1679. May 29. Perused by us :-John Stapylton, Rich. Robinson, Will.

Bethel. 1673—4. William, son to Alice Allen was bap. ye 12 March. Alice did

public Penance for this birth. Carolus secundus (Beatissimæ memoriæ Rex) Erépavov apápavivov

accepit Feb. 6. 1684. 1684. James II. proclaimed London 6, York 10, Pocklington 11

February. 1704. Robert Dolman, Esq., had a son born June 23rd, of whose name

Robert hee gave notice within the time limited by the Act of

Parliamt. 1708. Thomas Sixton & his wife Joan did publickly in ye church repeat

ye Declaration of Penance for ante-nuptial fornication, & likewise Katherine Snow for simple fornication both on the same

day by an order from Dep. Registr Clapham. 17 At York Spring Assizes, 1649, Isa- sacrifice, and her husband was hangıd bella Billington, aged 32, was sentenced for being a participator in the crime. to death for crucifying her mother at -Twyford's Records of York Castle, Pocklington on 5 January, 1649, and offering a calf and a cock as a burnt

p. 177.

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1709. Feb. 8. Thomas, Base son of Elizabeth Harrison and John Hos

dale, was baptised whom the Queen's Act of Grace exempted

from doing public Penance. 1711. Oct. 10. John Base son of Jane Ffallowfield baptised — who went

away before the time of churching to escape doing of Penance. Feb. 20. A Daught' of M" Wm Appleton's a Presbyterian Recusant

& Schismatick who was putt into the Grave wthout ye Burial Office because they could not prove the child to be baptized by

a church of England Divine. March 15. Mary Linton, a reputed Papist, buried. 25. Jan. 13. John, son of John Windus, buried. “Killed by the fall

of a Tree." 2732. Sept. 23. William Bibbins, fell down dead upon ye Common, buried. 1733. April 10. Thomas Pelling from Burton Strather in Lincolnshire, a

Flying Man, who was killed by jumping against the Battlement of ye Choir when coming down ye Rope from ye Steeple (was

buried). 1736. Jan. 26. Robert Linton, a Popish Recusant buried. 1737. March 10. Jane, wife of Robert Taylour, a Popish Recusant buried. 1748. Nov. 2. M' George Lee, shot dead in his Mill, buried.

Eugene Aram executed at York for ye foul murder of Dan? Clarke

of Knaresborough yesterday. Done 15 years previous. Tuesday,

August 7. 1759. Mich : Lythe Curate. 1774–75. Jan 1. Francis Smith Butcher who was murdered in a most

cruel manner & robbed at 6 o'clock on Thursday Morning

before, near Kexby Turnpike. (buried). From 1779 to 1812, the various “Distempers” which carried people off are stated. Small-pox was prevalent from 1796 to 1807. Among the diseases are :-A Nervous Fever ; Gout at Stomach; a Worm Fever; Dry Gripes; Missals ; the Evil ; Convulsion Fits, &c., &c.

In 1806 there are several entries of baptisms in the parish where the rite was administered by Roman Catholic Priests.


(Torre's MS., Peculiars, at p. 683, et seq. 18) 1397. Thomas Chalmer of Pocklington made his will (proved

17 January 1397) whereby he committed his soul to God Almighty, St. Mary and All Saints, and gave his body to be buried in the Chappell of St Mary on

ye south side of ye church of Pocklington. 3 April 1494. Robert Ashe, (will proved 14 May 1494) “ to be buried

in the Church of All Saints of Pocklington.” 24 Feb. 1542. Isabell Bland, Meltonby (will proved 21 July 1543)

“to be buried in the Church of All Hallows of Pocklington, and bequeathed 4d. to the Vicar for Tythes forgotten.”

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18 With respect to proving wills Pocklington is a peculiar under the jurisdiction of the Dean of York. The earliest will extant is said to bear the date 1610. A few of the wealthy would be proved in

the Prerogative Court, and the earlier ones (says Dr Collins) are not in exist. ence. Whenever possible I have added dates of burials from the Registers.

17 Nov. 1543. Thomas Burton, Pocklington. 20 Oct. 1544. Robert Turner, Pocklington, butcher (proved 25 June

1545). 8 Dec. 1544. Agnes Garland, Pocklington, to be buried besides her

father-in-law. 24 Apr. 1545. Robert Harper, Pocklington, husbandman, (proved 11

June 1545) to be buried “before St. Nicholas'
Closset, and bequeathed 10d. for a Trentall of Masses

to be said for him." 16 Jun, 1545. Agnes Foster. 21 Feb. 1545. Robert Pickering. 29 Jun. 1546. Nicholas Chapell, Pocklington. 1 Nov. 1546. William Dowman, Pocklington, to be buried“ near

the place where his father, mother, and Elizabeth

his wife lye buried.” 16 Jul. 1547. John Warde, Pocklington, to be buried " before the

Rode." 2 Jan. 1548. William Moodie, Pocklington made his will giving his

soul to God Almighty, St. Mary, and All Saints, and his body to be buried in the parish church of All Hallows in Pocklington, before ye Ladye Altar. (He

was the last Chantry-Priest.) 8 Mar. 1548. Robert Wood, Pocklington. 20 Jan. 1549. William Bagbie, Pocklington. 4 Aug. 1552. Ann Butcher, Pocklington, (proved 25 Aug. 1558). 22 Sep. 1553. John Reynard, Pocklington, (proved 18 April 1554) to

be buried near to the place where Will Dobson is

buried.” 30 Dec. 1553. William Turner, Millington, (proved 31 Jan. 1553) to

be buried “in his parish church of Pocklington. 27 Mar, 1554. Thomas Lambe, Pocklington, husbandman, (proved 28

Dec. 1555.) to be buried“ on the east side of Bar

wyke Isle." 31 Apr. 1555. John Martin, Pocklington, to be buried "in ye myd

Isle besides Alyson his wife.” 12 Oct. 1556. Edward Hewatson, Pocklington, (proved 17 Oct. 1556). 30 Aug. 1557. Jane Dowman, Pocklington, widow, (proved 4 Oct

1557.) to be buried “next unto her good man with

mass and dirige.” 15 Nov. 1557. George Rawling, Pocklington, butcher, (proved 10 Jan.

1557.) 17 Dec. 1557. Richard Plaxton, Pocklington, butcher, (proved 14

March, 1557). 4 Jan. 1557. Elizabeth Hedley, Pocklington, widow, (proved 11 Oct.

1558). 6 Jan. 1557. Nicholas Watson, Pocklington, (proved 14 March

1557). 31 Jul. 1558. Edward Said, Yapham, (proved 19 Dec. 1558). 2 Aug. 1558. Adam Lockwood, Pocklington, (proved 12 Aug. 1558). 21 Dec. 1558. Jannett Lawson, Pocklington. 2 Jan. 1558. John Hixton, Pocklington, husbandman, (proved 14

April. 1559).


1 Mar. 1558. Michael Wilson, Pocklington, husbandman, (buried 5

March ; proved 13 April. 1559). 9 Oct. 1559. Jane Watson, Pocklington, (proved 15 June 1560). 21 Mar. 1560. Christopher Smith, Waplington, husbandman, (proved

2 May. 1560). 2 Apr. 1560. Thomas Haxby, Pocklington, (buried 6 April ; proved

16 April 1561). 19 Aug. 1560. George Jackson, Pocklington,

George Jackson, Pocklington, (buried 24 August;

proved 23 Dec. 1560.) 18 Feb. 1560. Thomas Fell, Pocklington, (buried 29 Feb., 1560;

proved 16 April 1560). 6 Jun. 1583. Thomas Gibson, Waplington, (proved 16 June 1583), 26 Sept. 1584. John Plaxton, Pocklington, yeoman, (buried 14 Feb.

1594 ; proved 27 March, 1594). 18 Apr. 1585. Christopher Jobson, Pocklington, (buried 26 May 1585;

proved 18 Feb. 1586), to be buried “in ye Isle

next ye Organs where his father was buried.” 7 Jul. 1585. Thomas Roper, Pocklington, (buried 7 July; proved .

18 Aug. 1585). 9 Aug. 1586. Will. Sanderson, Pocklington, maltman, (buried 23

March; proved 4 April, 15871). 26 Aug. 1586. John Williams, Pocklington, (buried 31 Aug. 1586 ;

proved 28 Sept. 1588). 28 Apr. 1587. James Wilsou, Pocklington, (buried 4 May 1587;

proved 26 Aug.). 7 Oct. 1587. John Sotheby ye younger of Pocklington, husband

man, (buried 9 Oct.; proved Oct. 1587) to be

buried “besides his wife Barbara." 13 Feb. 1587. Thomas Beverley, Pocklington, gent. (buried 14 Feb.;

proved 23 Feb. 1588) to be buried “where his

executors please.” 12 Mar. 1587. Lawrence Harte, Pocklington, husbandman, (buried

22 March, 1588; proved 28 March), to be buried

“ near his seat." 21 Mar. 1588. John Richardson, Pocklington, (buried 24 May 1588;

proved 27 June). 13 Jun. 1588. William Wood, Pocklington, maltman, made his will,

(buried 4 Sept. 1589 ; proved 22 Dec. 1589) giving his soul to Jesus Christ his Saviour and Redeemer, and his body to be buried in ye church of Pockling.

ton, near his seat. 2 Aug. 1588. Anne Appleyard, Pocklington, widow, (proved 23 Sept.

1597). 25 Mar. 1589. Thomas Dolman, Pocklington, (buried 31 March

1589). 19 Jul. 1589. John Lambe, Pocklington, husbandman, (buried 5 Oct.;

proved 22 Oct. 1590. 5 Jun. 1590. Alexander Dobson, glover, (buried 25 June ; proved

28 July 1590). 5 Mar. 1590. John Hudson, Pocklington, blacksmith, (buried 13

April ; proved 9 Sept 1591) to be buried “near to
John Dobson's Grave."

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