Bocock, Enoch (1864-1931)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Early years

Enoch was born in 1864 at Alvingham, nr Louth, Lincolnshire to parents John and Susanna. John was a joiner and a local preacher.

Enoch was baptised by Rev W R Fallas. He was brought into the church through the ministry of Rev William Pigott. Before entering the ministry, Enoch worked for a time as a lay missioner in the Louth circuit.


Enoch’s obituary records that his bent hardly inclined to administration or building, but he erected excellent school premises at Churwell (Leeds) and Dudley Hill, Bradford.

Enoch had an original type of mind. He even startled the examiners by quoting Plato in his trial sermon. He startled many hearers afterwards by apt quotations from remote sources and fresh applications of old opinions. He could talk on a hundred topics and usually he talked well.

His pulpit prayers were more outstanding even than his sermons. Devotional utterance has simplicity and freshness in thought and phrasing, touching life in its inner and outer forms at varied points, and in its subdued fervour helped and healed and uplifted.


Enoch authored the following.

My Rambles in Rome with notebook and camera, 1904


Enoch married Mary Ann Warby (1867-1959) in the summer of 1893 at East Harling, Norfolk. Census returns identify four children.

  • Elsie Maud (b1894)
  • Ida Gertrude (1897-1982) – married Herbert Lionel Cave, a costs clerk (1931), in 1921
  • Edmund Oliver (1898-1984) – added two years to his age to sign up for WW1 in 1915.
  • Cecil Norman (1909-1972) – an accountant (1931)

Enoch died on 1 April 1931 at Pontnewynydd, Monmouthshire.


  • 1889 Holt
  • 1890 Thetford
  • 1893 Winsford & Tarporley
  • 1894 Market Drayton
  • 1898 Earlstown
  • 1902 Longton
  • 1904 Leeds II
  • 1907 Macclesfield
  • 1910 Bradford V
  • 1913 Boston
  • 1918 Clacton on Sea
  • 1921 Downham
  • 1924 Blaenavon
  • 1927 Pontypool (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/298

PM Minutes 1931/284

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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