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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.
Opening of the Temperance Hall
The temperance movement started in England in 1835 and the people of Pocklington initiated a 'Total Abstinence Society' because of drunkenness in the numerous inns and public houses in the town, and it's negative impact on family life. In March 1839 they had raised enough money to build a hall and hotel by issuing pound shares. Their determination was evident by the foundation stone being laid in May 1839 (see below) and the grand opening in October of the same year!. The Temperance Hall and Hotel was at the corner of New Street with South Parade (Bloomsbury), but did not last long as on the 1855 Watson map it says it was the former Temperence Hall. The building later became the Albion foundry..
Opening of Temperance Hall
From the 'York Herald and General Advertiser' for Oct 19, 1839
Temperance movement in Pocklington
The temperance start in Pocklington
The York Herald and General Advertiser, March 02, 1839
Laying of the Foundation Stone in Pocklington
The York Herald and General Advertiser, May 25, 1839
Temperence Hall Pocklington
The old Temperance Hall with double doors,
later became a workshop for the Albion Foundry
( Note the metal tank stood outside).
temperence watson map
William Watson's 1855 map of Pocklington
(The dark shading of the building was Watson's indication for an 'outhouse')