In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
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The Cock is also listed in Bear Street, so probably stood somewhere near where Bear Street and Birch Street meet. It's understood to have been open in the 17th century.
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.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)