History talk will delve into Pock’s Catholic heritage

William Bernard Ullathorne
William Bernard Ullathorne

A talk on Pocklington’s notable Catholic heritage will be held at All Saint’s Anglican church in aid of St Mary and St Joseph RC Primary School’s development fund.

Entitled ‘From Elizabethan Martyrs to Archbishop Ullathorne - Pocklington’s remarkable Catholic heritage’, the talk will outline key people and events from the Tudor reformation through to the early 20th century.

The school is voluntary aided which means it has to raise 10% of capital expenditure.

The talk has been organised by school governor Rowan Blake-James, who said: “As you can imagine, the raising of funds is a constant, ongoing need, but our real dream is for a new school hall. We are still a long way off raising the money, so every event, such as the talk on 24 February, is a step in the right direction.”

For centuries Pocklington was something of a Catholic stronghold, though the local Catholics often had to practise in secret.

Pocklington also produced an international figure in the 19th century. William Ullathorne, born in Pocklington Market Place in 1806, became a Catholic priest working amongst the penal colonies in Australia.

The talk will be given by local historian, Phil Gilbank, who added: “I was delighted to be asked to talk about Pocklington’s rich Catholic heritage – and its great that Father Michael Sellers, from St Mary and St Joseph, and Rev Geoff Hollingsworth, from All Saints, have agreed to the talk being held in All Saints as the building has so many links to the town’s Catholic past that enrich the story.”

Tickets, £5, are available from the school reception, the church office, or at the door on the night. Everyone is welcome to attend.