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Market Place Market Place
Note the new building in the photo on the corner.
Regent Street Regent Street
Note the 'Old Red Lion Hotel'
Chapmangate Chapmangate
Note the independent chapel built in 1807 to the left.
Brick & Tile Making
'The Pocklington White Brick and Tile Works' was situated in Burnby Lane. It was started following the introduction of the railway, which enabled cheap transportation of coal to fire the brick kilns. It seemed to cease operation around the time of the first world war.
1911 OS Map
1911 OS Map of Burnby Lane, Pocklington
Trade directory entries for Pocklington Brick makers:

1858 White's Directory - Charles Ogle, Brickmaker, Union Street
1858 White's Directory - Thomas Grant, Builder & Brickmaker
1879 Post Office Directory – Thomas Grant, Builder & Brickmaker
1879 Post Office Directory – John Nottingham, Brickmaker
1889 Kelly’s Directory  Hanks & Co. Brickmakers, Burnby Lane
1892 Bulmers Directory – Clare Walker, Brickmaker,  Burnby Lane
1897 Kelly’s Directory – Clement Walker, Brickmaker, Burnby Lane
1905 Kelly’s Directory – Alban Dunwell, Brickmaker, Burnby Lane
1909 Kelly’s Directory – James Dunwell (Trustees of), Brickmakers, Burnby Lane
1913 Kelly’s Directory – James Dunwell (Trustees of), Brickmakers, Burnby Lane
1921, 1929, 1933 & 1937 Kelly’s Directories – No Brickmakers mentioned

The first mention of brickmaking in Pocklington trade directories that I have found is in 1858 when Charles Ogle of Union Street said he was a brickmaker and in the same directory Thomas Grant (Pocklington Builder) was also a brickmaker. However Thomas Grant was not a brickmaker in Pocklington, he made bricks in the Bishop Wilton brickyard, as he was proprietor.

Hanks Brick Works
The York Herald, January 5th, 1884
Douglas Bricks
The York Herald, July 29th, 1889

Bishop Wilton Brickyard

Thomas Grant was proprietor of the Bishop Wilton Brick Yard, which was owned by the Sykes family of Sledmere. According to research published in the Bishop Wilton History Group bulletin, it was in operation from 1854 to 1886. The clay pit was on the lane out of Bishop Wilton towards Pocklington. Coal would be brought from Pocklington Railway station and sand and gravel was available in the immediate vicinity around Pocklington. Wood for the fires would be locally available from the wold escarpment. All the ingredients were locally available.

Bishop Wilton Brick works
1892 OS map of the disused Bishop Wilton brickyard
C & Co. P
This may be an early Pocklington brick from the Burnby Lane works
Hanks were making bricks & tiles in Pocklington in the 1880's
The frogs are identical to the other types
with the distinctive screw head impression
Dunwells were making bricks in Burnby Lane from 1900-1915
Brick photographs are by kind courtesy of Andrew Boyce of the Bishop Wilton History Group. If you wish to add to the story of the Brick works, or correct any of the above information, then please contact me.
Bielby Brick
An old brick found in Bielby by Richard Coe says on it:
"This brick was made 18 May 1741 by Wm Morrill"
Brick side
The brick is a handmade of 2 inch depth