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.

 

Best wishes to an institution whose staff is highly professional.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa, June 1999
This is a very Interesting place. We were happy to find it and enjoyed the friendly staff. Thanks to all of that.
Jurgen and Lydia Schulte, Germany, November 2011
Thanks for everything. We enjoyed your hospitality (gastvrijheid in Flemish) and will surely recommend your establishment once we are home!
F & I van der Heyde, Belgium, Mar 2011