This map from 1750 is of the ‘Liberties’ around Kingswood and the parish of Bitton. The dotted line running out through Warmly is the London Road (now the A420). The Cock Road, not marked, is just above where “Gee Moor” is written in “Mr Bond’s Liberty”. The houses are labelled with many of the family names that are associated with the Cock Road Gang. It contains many of the family names which are associated with the Cock Road Gang such as (with various spellings) Britton, Wilmot, Ilses, Bryant, Haynes, Brain, and Fry.

Kingswood and the parish of Bitton 1750
Plate XI from The History of The Parish of Bitton in the County of Glousceter. Rev. H. T. Ellacombe M.A. F.S.A. Exeter: Privately Printed By Willaim Pollard. North Street. 1881.

A full version of The History of The Parish of Bitton in the County of Glousceter. by Rev. H. T. Ellacombe can be found on Archive.org.

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  1. Cock Road is certainly not where you suggest, for that is the line of Weston’s Way.(See map of Kingswood Chace 1672.) Cock Road is represented by the line that runs below ‘Mr Bond’s Liberty’.
    The names are not Gang members but operators of the many pits in the area. Most of these were members of the Wesleyan and Moravian Churches that began here in the 1740s.
    My Book ‘Hanham & Kingswood Chase Before 1750’ explains this and much more, – available at Kingswood Heritage Museum, Tower Lane, Warmley. – Roger Williams.

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