|From the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Volume 14, Page 85 by Alex. D.H. Leadman.
When the Charity Commissioners were here in 1822 or 1823, beyond a board or boards in the church, they found " no documents in the possession of the parish officers relating to the other dole charities. . . . The church chest was searched about a year ago for such documents, and various relics of parchment and paper were found therein, but so defaced by time as to be quite illegible."
Mrs. Isabella Moor, late of Pocklington, widow, left by her will Ten pounds to be paid into the hands of the Church-wardens six months after her decease, and the interest arising therefrom to be laid out in Bread and distributed by the Minister and Churchwardens to the most indigent poor belonging to the parish of Pocklington every New Year's Day for ever.
Mrs. Ann Blackbeard, by her will dated December 11th, 1732, bequeathed one close in Pocklington, known by the name of Jobson's Close, for ever, for uses hereafter mentioned: viz. Ten shillings to the Parson for a sermon upon St Thomas' Day, Two shillings to the clerk,
One shilling to the sexton, and the residue to be distributed by the Minister, Churchwardens, and Overseers of the Poor to such of the most indigent poor of the parish of Pocklington as they may think proper who may attend divine service on that day.
Robert Chapman, Yeoman, by his will bearing date 23rd of June 1718, did give to the poor of Pocklington the sum of Ten pounds to be paid into the hands of the Overseers of the Poor, and the interest thereof to be laid out in bread and to be distributed in the church every Christmas day yearly. Ten shillings.
Dr Henry Watkinson and Mr John Moor, late Vicar of Pocklington, by deed did settle and agree to be paid out of the Vicarage House, which was then purchased for the use of all succeeding vicars, Ten shillings yearly to be distributed among the most indigent widows and fatherless children there by the Vicar and Churchwardens on the Monday before Easter. Ten shillings.
William Westoby of Pocklington, gent., by his will ordered Five pounds to be paid to the Churchwardens, the interest thereof to be laid oat in bread every year, and in the church to be by them distributed among the poor widows at Christmas. Five shillings.
Mr John Seymour of Pocklington, Yeoman, by his will gave half an oxgang of land laying in the North Fields with the meadow thereto belonging, the rent thereof to be paid to one of the Seymours, and by him and the overseer distributed at Christmas annually. Ten shillings.
John Cole of Pocklington, Yeoman, by will gave for the use of the Poor six lands laying on the North Fields, the rent thereof to be paid to the Overseers, and by them distributed to the Poor annually at Easter.
Rev. J. F. Ellis, Vicar 1843
Robert Scaife. Painter.
The above are painted on 2 boards in the south transept.
George Bagley & John Moor, Churchwardens.
Thomas Wood, of Kilnwick Percy, left by will, dated 1568, an annual 8nm of £10, charged upon his estate of Kilnwick Percy, to be divided among the poor of 44 neighbouring parishes—the share due to Pocklington being £1.
William Westoby of Allerthorpe gave 6s. 8d. yearly, payable out of a close in Allerthorpe, at Whitsuntide to the poor of Pocklington to be distributed annually at Christmas by the overseers thereof.
He also gave by will £5, the interest thereof to be distributed annually at Christmas by the overseers among the Poor of Pocklington, which sum is stated on the church tablet to have been lent in 1635 to John Lund, Robert Flint, and William Sotheby, and it is now lost.
Jane Smith, of Pocklington, by will gave 5*. yearly, payable out of Longthorn Close, at Christmas, to the poor of Pocklington, to be distributed by the overseers.
George Smith, of Waplington, gave by will 12*. yearly, payable out of his land at Allerthorpe, to the poor of Pocklington, to be distributed by the overseers at Christmas.
Marmaduke Hewitt, of Pocklington, gave by will 5s. yearly, payable out of a house in Chapmangate, to the poor of Pocklington, to be distributed by the overseers at Christmas.
Ellis Braidley gave by will 10s. yearly, payable out of Hall Garth in East Cottingwith, to the poor of Pooklington, to be distributed by the overseers at Lady-day and Michaelmas.
John Scorbrough, of Pocklington, gave by will 13*. 4c?. yearly, payable out of Barwick Flatts, being several closes in Barmby Moor Parish, to the poor of Pocklington, to be distributed by the overseers every Christmas.
Mr. Henry Powell, of Hampton Villa, Esplanade Gardens, Scarborough, who died on the 25th March 1895, by his will and codicil, directs the purchase of £4,300 2£ per cent. Consols in the names of the vicar and churchwardens of Pocklington, the interest to be appropriated in the payment of £5 per annum to each of the five ringers of the Parish Church, who, among other services, shall ring a dumb peal on the anniversary of his death ; £20 per annum to the organist if his services are satisfactory to the Vicar and churchwardens ; £5 per annum each to five choristers for the Parish Church, and £3 per annum to the vicar for the time being for holding a special evening commemoration service and preaching a sermon on the anniversary of his death, and the sum of ten shillings annually to the parish clerk for assisting in that service. The testator also desires that the vicar and churchwardens shall, out of the annual dividends, expend a sufficient sum for repairing and keeping clean the brass tablets and the two windows erected by him in the church to the memory of his deceased parents and wife, and two windows to be placed in the church to the memory of himself by his executor and trustee. The residue of the dividends are to be applied by the vicar and churchwardens as follows : —For such of the poor people of the parish of Pocklington as shall regularly attend the services of the said church, or being regular attendants, are, through illness or infirmity, unable to attend such services, and shall, in the opinion of the said vicar and churchwardens for the time being, be deserving recipients to receive hot-cross buns on Good Friday morning, plum loaves on each Christmas Day, each Easter Day, and each Whit Sunday, and the sum of one shilling each after the said annual commemoration service, and the balance, if any, to be distributed amongst the said poor people in bread or money, as • the vicar and churchwardens shall think proper, after the morning service on the first Sunday in each month, and the testator further directs that the said vicar shall, out of the annual dividends, retain to himself for his trouble in the matter thirty shillings annually. This legacy is to be paid free from legacy duty.