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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.
William Watson
19th Century maps of Pocklington.

William Watson – Land Surveyor (1784-1857)

Two of the most important, and unique, maps of Pocklington were made by a remarkable man called William Watson a land surveyor of Seaton Ross, who eventually settled to live in Pocklington. His first map of Pocklington was made in 1844 which shows buildings shaded and stippled, roads yellow, water blue, grassed areas green.

1844 William Watson map

Part of William Watson’s 1844 Map

The 1855 Map had a considerable amount of further detail. Watson managed to combine the detail of what the houses actually looked like with the names and professions of the people who lived in each house. He did the same with a map of Market Weighton and I believe another one of Seaton Ross which I have not seen.

1855 William Watson map

William Watson’s map of Pocklington of 1855

Both maps are available to purchase from Pocklington Town Council (see the links page).

Ref: Harris A. – “An East Yorkshire Land Surveyor: William Watson of Seaton Ross” Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol 45 1973 pp 149 - 157