On the History Trail: The Dickens link to Pocklington

Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens.

Richard Chicken was an interesting character and was born in York on 6 August 1799.

He spent some of his early life in Pocklington with his grandparents, which local resident stories suggests was at Brass Castle Hill.

His mother was Elizabeth Huddleston of Pocklington, the daughter of Richard Huddleston, who was the steward to the Denisons of Kilnwick Percy. She married Nicholas Chicken in Pocklington church in 1798, and produced Richard their only son, the following year.

Read Andrew’s full article in this week’s (8 January) Pocklington Post.