New book on Pock women

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THE ROLE Of Pocklington’s women has been highlighted in a new book put together by a team of amateur historians.

Female members of the Pocklington and District Local History Group have written the book about the town’s women during the 19th century using the details and available photos they have collected in recent years.

Aided by the Community Development Foundation’s Grassroots Grants, the group was able to visit local archives and learn about the documents that still exist from over a century ago.

Entitled “Ladies Largely Predominating” the book looks closely at the lives of a variety of women from Mary Fawkes, a 14 year-old agricultural labourer and occasional resident of the Pocklington workhouse, to Mary Dewsberry a wealthy and charitable lady of the town.

Jo Green, a member of the history group, said: “We were all very much beginners when it came to local history research but we were determined to find out what we could about these invisible women.

“It turns out that they were very interesting characters and some played important roles in the community. We hope that our work will inspire others to look more closely at the women in their family trees and we welcome more information about the women that lived in Pocklington.

“Although women have always made up about half of the population, history books would suggest that they hardly existed at all- the group tried to address that.”

The book is on sale in Simply Books on Pocklington’s Market Place priced at £4.50.