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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.
Cycling in Pocklington
Pocklington was one of the pioneering towns in the area for the new pastime of Cycling in the late 19th Century. Read about how a Cycling Record was set between Market Weighton and Pocklington of 18 minutes!. Can anyone beat this today? Article and research by Phil Gilbank.
In the late 19th century and early decades of the 20th century cycling was one of Pocklington's most popular pastimes, and Pocklington Cycling Club one of the town's leading organizations.
Numerous Pocklingtonians first took to the roads around the town on their penny farthing machine (first invented in 1870), but cycling really took off after the first 'safety cycle' (with two equal sized wheels and remarkably similar to today's machines) was produced in 1885.
The cycling craze saw many townsfolk quickly acquire bicycles of variable condition, and the more serious cyclists formed Pocklington Cycling Club in 1891** and was disbanded in 1930**. The Cycling Club was soon organizing weekly pleasure rides (both on evenings around local villages and at weekends to places as far away as Bridlington) and competitions and time trials. The time trial between Market Weighton railway bridge and the West Green crossing gates at Pocklington was the most prized record, while the more popular competitions included high climbs up Kilnwick and Garrowby Hills, and then free-wheeling competitions back down again. The club also ran notable socials events such as annual balls and summer galas. Cycle races (usually over one and two miles) were also as popular as running races at the turn of the century at local village feasts and major Pocklington shows and sports.
Pocklington also had its own champion cyclist. George Herbert Stancer was born in Pocklington in 1878 and grew up in the town where his father owned and edited the local newspaper 'The Pocklington Weekly News' in Waterloo Buildings. He became a proficient cyclist at an early age and at 14 was contributing cycling articles to his father's newspaper. He became a British record holder tricyclist in the 1890s, and also later broke the London to Brighton tandem record. He went on to be one of the country's top cycling journalists and administrators and was made an OBE for services to the sport.
Cycling also caused significant traffic problems in and around Pocklington and the newspaper often carried latters and reports of irresponsible and dangerous cyclists and the accidents they caused. Nevertheless its popularity never waned and in the early 1900s there were no fewer than six Pocklington businesses selling and/or manufacturing bicycles . The cycling club held a Comic Cricket match in September 1905.
Penny FarthingPenny Farthing back
An old photograph taken in the 1880's of John Gillah of Wilberfoss with a Penny Farthing and who attended Pocklington School.
Pocklington Clycling Club
Pocklington Cycling Club around 1895
Driffield Times - 14th December 1946
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Yorkshire Evening Press - 23rd July 1891 **
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1930 disbands

Leeds Mercury - 20th January 1930 **
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Lady Cyclist in Railway Street
A Pocklington Lady Cyclist in Railway Street
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Advertisments in the 'Pocklington Weekly News' for Jan 1895
Pocklington Weekly News May 1895
Pocklington Weekly News August 1895
More about G A Reid can be found here

George Herbert Stancer  
George Herbert Stancer was, according to Wikipedia one of the 10 most important Pocklington people ever. He is acknowledged as one of the founders of Cycling in this country. Above is a letter he wrote to the Pocklington Weekly news in 1895, and above that is his obituary in the Times newspaper for 1962.