The original plot on which The Cock House is built was granted in May 1826 to Benjamin Norden, Jewish merchant and pioneer from London who became one of Grahamstown's foremost citizens. 

Norden initiated a lucrative trade in ivory and other goods between the Cape Colony and Natal.  He subsequently moved to Cape Town where, in 1841, he helped establish the Jewish tradition in South Africa by inaugurating the first Jewish congregation.

 

Excellent service, breakfast was delicious. Oswald was very helpful, I had missed my flight and was running late but he kept calling and asking whether I was safe and ok. Very impressed with the level of service, I will definitely come back again.
Thabo, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 2011
Die beste voelhuis in Suid Afrika!
Pieter Dirk Uys "Evita Se Perron", Darling, Apr 1997
Loved our stay. The history of this place is humbling. Love the Cat.
Dominique, Frances, Elsabe Egan, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2011