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.

 

Everything was clean and well cared for. Dining room and breakfast room very inviting and pleasant. Excellent food (loved the prawn salad) wide variety at breakfast. Jessica and Oswald had a perfect blend of always being ready to help, but giving us our space. Such a lovely, warm and beautiful place to stay. Sorry to have to leave.
Mrs Patricia Pope, United States, April 2012
Discovered great food in peace and tranquility.
Danny Jordaan MP, Cape Town, Oct 1994
I really enjoyed it (my stay), a good alternative to a hotel.
Patrick Meyer, South Africa, August 2011