Trail: Pocklington - Tour The Town

Add a bit of history to your time in Pocklington and use our archive images to peep into the past and see what some parts of the town looked like in years gone by.

(Always be careful of your surroundings when using the app)

What’s in A Name?

Originally known as Finkle Street as far back as 1776, this thoroughfare had a brief flirtation with the name of George Street in the 1820s before settling on the name ‘Regent Street’ by 1830.  Pocklington Canal’s controversial first lock keeper, Mark Swann (served 1818-1850) owned a row of houses here.

The right-hand side of the street has, for the most part, been completely re-built.


That’s the end of the trail!  Why not visit the Pocela Centre to find out more about the the town?  Go straight on down Regent Street and left at the junction.  The Pocela Centre is straight ahead at the mini roundabout.

A Queen, Commemorated

Back in 1767, this area was known as Swine Market, but in 1871 it officially became Market Street (or Market Square) and is still known as such.  This archive image was taken shortly after the construction of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee memorial (centre) in 1897 and was colourised at the time for visual effect.  Notice that the orb, which topped the memorial, has since been replaced with a lamp, and what was once a fairly open and spacious area now feels much more congested.

Chapmangate Changes

Chapmangate is said to be one of Pocklington’s first streets and, given that ‘Chapman’ is an old word for ‘merchant’, it’s alleged that this formed part of the early commercial centre of the town.

On the left of the archive image of 1902, the distinctive Christian Fellowship Church, built in 1879, appears to have survived virtually unaltered whilst all around it buildings have been renovated, or demolished and replaced to create the scene we see today.

However, the Christian Fellowship Church also underwent a revamp in 2014.  The fact it still retains much of its original character is testament to its sensitive restoration and refurbishment.

A Hill Becomes Pavement

Looking down George Street towards the church, both nowadays and on our historic image from 1920, you can instantly see that the building to the centre-right is no longer here today.

Back then, this area is what remained of Tute Hill (Anglo-Saxon for ‘lookout on the hill’) as it’s thought that there was once an artificial mound or ‘tumulus’ here, but following the demolition of buildings on the street’s right-hand side, the area was made part of the street called Pavement.  Perhaps it was felt that ‘Hill’ no longer reflected the street’s topography and that ‘pavement’ was much more appropriate!

Road Block

(Our trail begins on Railway Street, just outside the Pocela Centre, at the mini roundabout.  Use ‘View on map’ from the trail’s homepage to reach point ‘1’ and the start of the trail).

On looking at the historic image of 1903 you can’t fail to notice that it has been taken from a contemporary Christmas postcard!  If you happen to be viewing this during the festive period, then our compliments of the season (if not, then please ignore)!

The modern-day scene is dominated by a very busy mini-roundabout over which traffic almost constantly passes.  Look back at 1903 though, and you can see that this was no place for motor cars, with houses on the left constricting the movement along Grape Lane near the church.

The pedestrians are clearly enjoying being able to wander the roads at leisure without the danger of passing traffic.