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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.
Pocklington Tannery
A large Tannery existed in the town from the early 1700's in a good place for the tannery by the stream between Chapmangate and Union Street, but not good for the residents with the odours and chemicals used by the tanning process. In the latter years it was run by the Wilson family from around 1770 to 1833. Then Thomas Wilson was made a bankrupt and the Tannery was sold by auction in 1833. The newspaper advertisement below gives a lot of detail about the old Tannery site. In 1837 was an advertisement for 700 tons of bramble briers to be cut and kidded for use in the tanning process. The tannery was purchased by Robert Denison who continued to operate it into the 1850's. Watson's drawing of it (see below) was just made before it's demolition.
From: 'The Hull Packet' newspaper for 2nd August 1833
Briers for Tannery
Yorkshire Gazette - 6th May 1837
Tannery accident

York Herald, Sat. 31st March 1838
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1840 Leeds Mercury
From: the Leeds Mercury 29th August 1840

Leather curriers

Presentation by the Leather Curriers to John Hudson at Mr Denison's Tannery in Pocklington (The Northern Star and Leeds General Advertiser
Aug 17 1839

1844 Tanyard

William Watson's 1844 map shows how the location of the Tannery, fronting Chapmangate. The numbering links with Easton's directory for 1844 and corresponds to:

63 Tanyard (owner - R Dennison)
64 Wilkinson Charles (Miller) (owner - R.Dennison)
65 Tannery Buildings (owner - R Dennison)
66 Tannery Buildings (owner - R.Dennison)
67 space
68 Tannery Buildings (owner - R.Dennison