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Cock Fighting

Black Lion Hotel, Cockpit

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6 Nov 2023

HER Description

NEHL - Cock fighting is known to have taken place at the Black Lion Hotel from at least the 1720s. A piece in the Newcastle Courant of 11/12/1725 states "On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the 27th, 28th and 29th, at the House of Mr Benjamin Scafe, at the Black Lion in Stockton, are three handsome plates, to be fought by the Cocks of 16 gentlemen who are subscribers to the fame; fighting each Day 16 Cocks, which said cocks are to fight their battles two by two".

There was an extensive yard at the rear of the hotel as shown on mid 19th century Ordnance Survey maps. As a result, it is likely the fights took place here. The Black Lion was demolished in the 60s or 70s for wider commercial development.

Ordnance Survey

The High Street as surveyed in 1855.

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

The Black Lion can be seen on the right near the Vane Arms hotel. These buildings all date from at least the mid 19th century. This isn't likely to the the original Black Lion from the 1720s. Source: Darlington and Stockton Times

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

The historic layout of Stockton High Street lays bare the long and winding yards behind the inns and hotel on the Market Place. It is here cock fighting will have took place. Source: Historic England. Aerofilms Collection Historic England Photograph: EPW010140 flown 01/04/1924

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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