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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.
The Harrison family of Pocklington
The Harrison family of Pocklington.
Mary Harrison Conrey Mary Harrison Conrey

Mary Conrey Harrison
She had 19 children with 3 sets of twins,not all of which survived. On her knee is her grand daughter Margaret Kelly she and her sister Mary became nuns and Mary still is in Ireland. She remembered pulling sugar beet in the 1860's down Gypsy Lane, Yapham Road. She died at the age of 102.

Mary Harrison Centinary

The reporter who visited her said a local electrician had put a flashing sign on her house in Union Street which said "100 not out". In the doorway he met "Billie" one of her 17 children, who himself was a great comedian and while serving with the East Yorkshire Regiment, in India, he played with Leo Dryden, late composer and Bill Goodwin well known in London Theatrical circles. Her first visitor was the Rev. Noone, priest of the Pocklington Roman Catholic Church. Where, until a year ago, Mrs Harrison walked every morning, in all weather to the early morning service. Last year on "doctors orders" she took to bed, and has devoted most of her time to sewing gaily coloured patchwork quilts. Without glasses she threads her needle and works pieces together in expert fashion. the quilts, when completed, cover the beds of her lodgers, from whom she has received the title "Mother of thousands".

Irish, and proud of it, Mrs Harrison was born in York, but for over 40 years has kept the lodging house in Pocklington. her silky white hair she inherits from her mother, who lived to be 96. Photographs of her with her 58 grandchildren and 61 great grandchildren hang on the walls in her room. At the age of 87 she was still working on the land, and had never known a days illness. Her recipe for long life is "plenty of hard work and good, wholesome food". On Wednesday, she was "middling to fair". She related stories of washing for the family before leaving to work on the farm, then baking on her return in the evening. All who visited her were impressed with her wit, her twinkling eyes, and vigorous speech.

Click here to view Mary Harrison's Lodging House in Union Street

Peter Harrison town crier
Peter Harrison town crier
The clipping on the left shows town crier Peter Harrison (Oct 22nd 1948) described as Pocklington's last bellman. The newspaper clipping (right) is dated 1950 and shows Peter Harrison (centre) and describes him aged 79 talking to local wheelright John Stubbs and wolds farmer Walter Reynolds.Mr Harrison was called to announce the immediate approach of the Zeppelins in the great war. He remembered it was a Sunday the first and only time he announced on the sabbath.He announced the programmes for Pocklington's first cinema and can recall the day when there were nine fish stalls on the Thursday before Good Friday market. He only had one leg. Peter Harrison was born in 1869 in Mayo in Ireland. He lost his leg at 14 when he fell down the cellar whilst working at Star Supply stores in Pocklington. His leg went septic and was removed. He married 11 Nov 1893 to Elizabeth Farmery from Newark, Notts.She already had a son Robert, but they added two further sons; George P (b.1892) and John J (b.1900). In the 1901 census they were living at Stathers Yard, Chapmangate. Peter died at the age of 84 in the Poplars in 1954.

Other references to the Town Crier:

1793,  QSF/339/B/4 “Indictment of Hannah wife of John Skelton, labourer; Ann wife of Joseph Bradley, carpenter; and Thomas Young junior labourer and assistant town crier, all poor inhabitants of Pocklington :- conspiring that T.Y. should publicly proclaim that unless the poor of Pocklington were allowed some "fire elding" they would break up the hedges in Pocklington.”

Bellman
The Northern Star and Leeds General Advertiser November 20, 1841