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Cock, High Street, Epping

The Cock, one of Epping's oldest hostelries has held its license since 1552. Its one of the few inns remaining of the 22 which once graced the High Street and which earned Epping its former reputation as a town of inns and pubs. During the stage coach era, the Cock was the chief posting place after the renowned Epping Place inn, resort of royalty and celebrities had ceased to function in 1844. The inn was the starting point for a daily coach to London. Three coaches, the 'Saffron Walden', 'Bishop's Stortford' and Norwich 'Expedition' called in en route to and from London. It was also a Posting house, and the Mail coach arrived at 5 a.m. for London and 10p.m. for Norwich.

Over 130 years ago, according to the Essex Countryside magazine (January 1967) three famous old Epping horses with just one eye between them proudly drew the coach driven by Joe Wilks of Tidy's Lane from the Cock Hotel to meet the trains at Loughton station when the railway first reached there in 1867. The totally blind leader knew the way to Loughton, and on its return always stopped at the entrance to the hotel. The service was started by Walter Tweed, the hotel's landlord. After the railway was extended to Epping, Tweed ran a one horse bus fitted with a rear door and steps to Epping station. The driver was a Dickensian character called William Law, who wore a top hat decorated with a cockade.

This pub is now closed and in mixed retail use (2014).

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Cock, High Street, Epping

Cock, High Street, Epping

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Cock, High Street, Epping - in February 2014

Cock, High Street, Epping - in February 2014

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

1791/William Redgrave/Excise Officer/../../Universal British

1792/William Redgrave/../../../ERO*

1822/Elizabeth Stokes/../../../Pigot's**

1823-4/Elizabeth Stokes/../../../Pigot's

1828-9/Elizabeth Head/../../../Pigot's

1832-3/Thomas Basham/../../../Pigot's

1839/Thomas Basham/../../../Pigot's

1840/Thomas Basham/../../../Pigot's**

1845/George Tweed/../../../Post Office

1848/George Tweed/../../../White's

1851/Mrs. Sophia Tweed/../../../Post Office

1851/Sophia Tweed/innkeeper (widow)/50/Epping, Essex/Census ***
1851/Mary Ann Tweed/niece/23/Cambridge/Census
1851/Sarah Tweed/niece/20/Cambridge/Census
1851/Eliza Brown/house servant/28/High Laver, Essex/Census
1851/Elizabeth Bickmore/assistant house servant/27/Bishops Wood sic, Essex/Census
1851/Henry Bones/inn servant/35/Netteswell, Essex/Census
1851/Arthur Monk/labourer/28/Epping, Essex/Census

1855/Mrs. S. W. Tweed/../../../Kelly's**

1856/Mrs. Sophia Tweed & Son/../../../Post Office

1861/Sophia Tweed/Inn Keeper, Widow/65/Epping, Essex/Census ****
1861/Walter Tweed/Son, Assistant/33/Epping, Essex/Census
1861/Mary Ann Tweed/Niece/32/Cambridge, Cambs/Census
1861/Margaret Pooley/Cook/42/Glamorganshire/Census
1861/Esther Cook/Kitchen Maid/24/Matching, Essex/Census
1861/Eliza Brown/HouseMaid/37/High Laver, Essex/Census
1861/Mary A Reynolds/HouseMaid/18/Nazeing, Essex/Census
1861/?? Monk/Hostler/39/Epping, Essex/Census
1861/Charles H Broyd/Porter/18/Old Bailey, Middx/Census

1862/Mrs. Sophia Tweed/../../../Kelly's
1862/Walter Tweed/../../../Kelly's

1867/Mrs. Sophia Tweed/Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../Post Office
1867/Walter Tweed/Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../Post Office

1870/Mrs. Sophia Tweed/Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../Post Office
1870/Walter Tweed/Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../Post Office

1871/Mrs. Sophia Tweed/Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../Post Office
1871/Walter Tweed/Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../Post Office

1871/Sophia Tweed/Hotel Keeper, Widow/75/Epping, Essex/Census ****
1871/Walter Tweed/Son, Manager/43/Epping, Essex/Census
1871/Mary A Tweed/Niece, Assistant Manager/42/Cambridge, Cambs/Census
1871/Marianne Young/Bar Maid/21/Bampton, Oxford/Census
1871/Amelia Plumridge/Domestic Servant/50/Millson, Wilts/Census
1871/Hannah Britton/Waitress/21/North Weald, Essex/Census
1871/Mary A Patman/General Servant/15/Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex/Census
1871/George Jaffray/Visitor, Silk Merchant/29/Scotland/Census

1874/Mrs. Sophia Tweed/Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../Kelly's
1874/Walter Tweed/Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../Kelly's

1878/Mrs. Sophia Tweed/Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../Post Office
1878/Walter Tweed/Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../Post Office

1881/Walter Tweed/Hotelkeeper & Wine Merchant/53/Epping, Essex/Census
1881/Mary A. Tweed/Cousin, Manageress/52/Cambridge, Cambridge/Census
1881/Florence E. Machon/Barmaid/24/Arkesden, Essex/Census
1881/Rebecca Clarke/Domestic Waitress/29/Cublington, Buckingham/Census
1881/Hannah Britton/Domestic Chambermaid/31/North Weald, Essex/Census
1881/Emma Hart/Domestic Cook/39/Woodford, Essex/Census
1881/Rose Garwood/Domestic Kitchenmaid/16/Writtle, Essex/Census
1881/Thomas Duffy/Assistant Waiter/15/Lambeth, Surrey/Census

1882/Walter Tweed/../../../Kelly's

1886/Edward Lawrence/../../../Kelly's

1890/William Longman/../../../Kelly's

1894/Harry Morris/../../../Kelly's

1895/Harry Morris/../../../Kelly's

1899/Baker & Co./../../../Kelly's

1901/John Ellis/Publican/52/Mile End, London/Census
1901/Elizabeth A Ellie/Wife/45/Kilburn/Census
1901/Maude A Pickman/Niece, Visitor/22/Notting Hill Gate/Census
1901/Helen A Havill/Cook/35/../Census
1901/Elizabeth Sutton/Waitress/28/Carlers lane, City E/Census
1901/Angela A Sutton/Chambermaid/19/Newington Butts/Census
1901/Rose Savill/Kitchenmaid/16/Copt Hall, Essex/Census
1901/Alice Robinson/Barmaid/25/Lambeth/Census
1901/William Goody/Billiard Marker/52/Sudbury, Suffolk/Census
1901/John E Jones/Visitor, Clergyman, Widow/60/AberysWuyth, Carlisle/Census

1902/Baker & Co./../../../Kelly's

1906/John Ellis/../../../Kelly's

1908/John Ellis/../../../Kelly's

1910/Ernest Maddick/../../../Kelly's

1912/Henry Flower/../../../Kelly's

1914/Henry Flower/../../../Kelly's

1917/Frank Porter Worsnop/../../../Kelly's

1922/Frank Porter Worsnop/../../../Kelly's

1925/Frank Porter Worsnop/../../../Kelly's

1929/Mrs. Vera Elizabeth Porter Worsnop/../../../Kelly's

1933/Edward George Davis/../../../Kelly's

1937/Attwell & Escott/Proprietors/../../Kelly's


* Provided by Ken Harrison

** Provided by the Pubs, Inns and Taverns Index for England,1801-1900

*** Provided by John Mead

**** Provided by Kevan

And Last updated on: Wednesday, 03-Jul-2019 18:28:11 BST