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HIGH STREET GRIMSHOE HUNDRED - CLOSED 21.01.1971
GRIMSHOE LICENCE REGISTERS taken 7th September 1789 & 15th September 1794
ELIJAH EYRES  
MORGANS  
BULLARDS     
WATNEY MANN April 1967
Licensees :
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SOBIOSKO HARMAN (?) 1789
JOHN HINSBY 1794
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GEORGE GREEN
Died 13th May 1833
1815 - 1833
REBECCA GREEN widow 1833 - 1839
WILLIAM GATHERCOLE
age 59 in 1851
1840 - 1851
GEORGE COE 1854
THOMAS YOUNGE
& harness maker
also found as Youngs &  as Young
1856 - 1861
JOHN DYBLE 1864 - 1865
HAYHOW CLARKE CONSTABLE 1867 - 1869
JOHN WORTLEY 1871 - 1872
ROBERT SPINKS
(Robert Spinks the third 1881, junior 1885 - 1886)
1875 - 1890
Mrs MARIA SPINKS 1891 - 1901
ARTHUR THOMAS BLUNDERFIELD 1904
Mrs MARIA SPINKS 1908 - 1922
EDWARD McFEELY 1925 - 1929
WILLIAM H FLOGDELL 1929 - 1960
CLIFFORD FLOGDELL 1960 - 1967
WILLIAM MARSHALL 1967 - Closure

 



King Charles II (1630 - 1685) is said to have watched cock fighting here during inspection of local fen drainage works.

In his will of 1833, Robert King bequeathed the Cock Inn, a corn mill and other properties to his son-in-law, John Batterbee.

On the night of 7th February 1853, the house kept open all night, landlord Charles Coe retired to bed and his daughter, Elizabeth, sat up and assisted her mother. Susan Wellington worked at the Cock and served the persons present beer throughout the night. A conjurer was present and performed tricks in the club room.
Robert Smith, a corporal in the Grenadier Guards was one of those present and at about four o'clock in the morning, was in a fist fight with Richard Laws. The fight ended when Laws struck a blow just between the legs. Smith fell to the floor and never moved or spoke afterwards.
Laws was committed to trial for manslaughter.

Labourer Samuel Whiteman (26) was sentenced to one month in prison for stealing a file and another instrument, to the value of 1 shilling, the property of licensee Clarke Constable. It was heard in court Thursday 21st March 1867 that Whiteman had been left alone at the house and took the opportunity to steal the file and a chisel from the kitchen.

On the annual dinner held Tuesday 4th December 1951, the chairman of the Cock Hotel Bowls Club thanked their hosts, Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Flogdell and gave special thanks to Mr. Flogdell since "without him, there would be no bowls".

Given as the COCK HOTEL (Residential) 1967/8

43 barrels of draught beer and 50 barrels of bottled beer sold in final year of trading.

With thanks to Clifford Flogdell for added information on the licensees.
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METHWOLD INNS & INNKEEPERS
1836 to 1970
by Cliff Flogdell

© Cliff Flogdell 2003