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.

 

Thank you for a special time. Service Excellent. A piece of heaven!!
Meryl Baker, Bathurst, Jan 2013
Fond memories of childhood days. Thank you for keeping the house so beautifully!
Ferdi and Karin Herbst, Gordons Bay, South Africa, August 2011
Thank you for all your fabulous hospitality over the years. It has made my visits to my son at St Andrews especially memorable!
Julie Lovelace, Gauteng, Nov 2010