Gateway to The Yorkshire Wolds

Pocklington has ancient origins, with evidence of human activity in the area dating back to the Mesolithic period (around 10,000 BC). Archaeological excavations have revealed artifacts and burial sites from the Bronze Age and Iron Age, indicating continuous settlement in the region. During the Roman era, Pocklington was situated near the important Roman road called Ermine Street. Although there is no evidence of a Roman settlement in Pocklington itself, the Romans had a significant presence in the region. After the departure of the Romans, Pocklington became part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria.

Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, Pocklington came under Norman control. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, which recorded it as “Pochelintone.” Pocklington grew as a market town and developed around a medieval parish church, now known as All Saints Church, which dates back to the 12th century. The town obtained a market charter in the 13th century, granting the right to hold regular markets and an annual fair. This helped to stimulate economic activity and establish Pocklington as a commercial centre for the surrounding area. Pocklington’s market tradition continues to this day, with a weekly market held on Tuesdays.

Pocklington has several notable historic buildings. The Guildhall, built in 1561, is a prominent timber-framed structure that served as a meeting place for the town’s guilds and as a courtroom. The Arts & Crafts-style Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum is another local attraction, featuring beautiful gardens and an extensive collection of water lilies.

Pocklington’s rich history and its attractive setting in the Yorkshire Wolds make it a popular destination for tourists and those seeking to explore the region’s heritage. The town’s market tradition, historic buildings, and independent shops add to its cultural significance and charm.