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.

 

Was only here for dinner and totally fell in love with the place!
Patricia, Canada, Mar 2011
Warmly welcomed - very moving and interesting history museum. Proud to have shared the premises where Andre Brink wrote! Merci.
Family Willi, France, Apr 2011
Thanks for a lovely stay, will come again.
Len and Hilda Teasdale, Kenilworth, Cape Town, September 2011