Map of kingswood and the Parish of Bitton 1750

Kingswood and the parish of Bitton 1750
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, […]

The Cock Road Gang

Cock Road was, in the 18th Century, a tiny little hamlet on the outskirts of Bristol. However, the exploits of the inhabitants brought it to the attention of the authorities of Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset. It was claimed that a criminal gang came from Cock Road, and no gang matched their notoriety. They were engaged in horse stealing, burglary, highway robbery, and possibly the first ram raid. They had links in the area, and up and down the country. Generations of the same families […]

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