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.

 

A very successful event on the eve of a great dawn in our country's history.
Steve Tshwete, Plein St, Johannesburg, Nov 1993
Immediate, helpful service throughout our stay. Good, very tasty food. We enjoyed staying in a well preserved historic home.
Mr and Mrs Marklew, Hermanus, South Africa, August 2011
Thank you for a fantastic stay again! Despite the icy weather, we had a great time!
Graham and Grace Vermaak, Pretoria, July 2011