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Botesdale Cock


closed August 1st, 1960

last owner Bullard's

Back Hills

grid reference TM 047 758

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listed building grade II

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last updated 03/10/2015

Cock fighting (usually in a pit) was probably a regular feature near here (typically organised on Shrove Tuesday and other holidays), and hence the name was widespread until it was banned in 1795.

The building dates from the late 16th century, though it has been subsequently much altered and extended.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in 1871 (Aug-05) when the landlord's wife was Mrs Sarah Pawsey states:

George Barker claimed he had been robbed shortly after leaving the Cock. Sarah's testimony contradicted Barkers claim that he left the pub on the night in question quite sober. The accused were aquitted.

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

Closure date from Hartismere licensing records.