An Extraordinary Life: The Revd Francis Pocock 1829-1919

14 January 2019



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In 1859 a 29-year old curate and his wife, fortunate to survive a shipwreck and tropical disease, arrived in Bath to recover their health. Francis and Sophia Pocock, originally from rural Berkshire, had spent three gruelling years in newly-established Freetown, Sierra Leone, working amongst the thousands of African people liberated from slavery by the British Navy. The couple’s visit to Bath turned into a stay that lasted for almost the rest of their lives, and resulted in the foundation of Monkton Combe School in 1868.
This talk marks the centenary of Francis Pocock’s death in Bath on 16 March 2019

Jacqueline Burrows, Researcher & Archivist at Monkton Combe School