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6921

Cock Fighting

Front Street, Cockpit

55.017285, -1.423689

Tynemouth, North Tyneside

Opened:

Unknown

Closed:

Unknown

Preserved

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

9 Feb 2023

HER Description

Possible cock-fighting pit. There is a pit sunk into the cellar floor beneath what was for many years Boots the Chemist and is now the Victoria Wine shop in Front Street, Tynemouth. It measures 3.5m in diameter, 1.2m deep with access by five narrow steps on the south perimeter. It was reported in the Shields Weekly News on 7 August 1970. Tradition says there was another pit at the Salutation Inn in Front Street, but nothing now survives.

NEHL - The cockpit is still in situ, as proven by photographs posted onto local history pages from the area. It is complete, showing the steps down to the pit. Posted by Billy Embleton (@billy6715) - https://twitter.com/billy6715/status/1623410600943538192

Ordnance Survey

'Sketches of The Coal Mines in Northumberland and Durham' T.H.Hair, published in 1844

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'Sketches of The Coal Mines in Northumberland and Durham' T.H.Hair, published in 1844

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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