YE OLDE FIGHTING COCKS, St Albans

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YE OLDE FIGHTING COCKS, St Albans

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is generally accepted to be Britain’s oldest pub, dating from 793AD although the current half-timbered structure dates from 11th C and was once a dovecote located close to St Albans Cathedral, moving to its present site after the abbey was dissolved in 1539.  It’s said that its foundations incorporate part of the Palace of Offa, King of the Mercians – hence the 8th C date – and that tunnels stretch from the beer cellar to the abbey, allegedly once used by the monks.  At one time known as ‘The Round House’, the story goes that some kind of cock pit, measuring about 8 x 10 feet, was brought down from the abbey site – hence the pub’s name, though this was apparently changed to ‘The Fisherman’ when cock fighting was banned in 1849.  However, it has been known as 'Ye Olde Fighting Cocks' since 1872.  To cap it all, it is said that Oliver Cromwell spent a night at the inn during the Civil War of 1642-1651.

All of the above information was gleaned from the pub’s website.  The image is from Wikipedia.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
16 Abbey Mill Lane
St Albans
County
Hertfordshire
Post Code
AL3 4HE
Main Historic Period
Medieval
Link to featured article
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
St Albans Cathedral, Verulamium Museum
Primary Management
Other

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