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.

 

This is a lovely and cosy place. People are all warm-hearted and available to help. Thank you for your hospitality!
Anbin shi & Qing’an Zhou, Beijing, China, Sep 2012
Enjoyed the lovely character of 'The Cock House', very efficeint and friendly service, and hospitality. Loved being in the same environment as author Andre Brink and leader Nelson Mandela. Thank you ver much!
Barbara Rigdon, South Africa, November 2011
Dankie vir wonderlike ontvangs en gasvryheid... enjoyed delicious dinner, excellent service.
Ebbie Brink, Pretoria, Mar 2011