Old Fighting Cocks



OLD FIGHTING COCKS    Market St  Oakengates.

Closed for in 2009 due to incapacity of owner, 
re-opened 2010 by Everard's Brewery. 

2011, the upper floor is being converted into a small cinema, do hope that it is successful, 
at least someone is using their imagination!

2013, named as the best pub in Shropshire and the Marches by the Campaign for Real Ale. (CAMRA)




 
 
2004

2010 
   



       
     
                                         Inn Sign up to 2008.                        New sign 2010, An improvement ??

 
Paul Luter,  “Oakengates News” wrote--

“The Fighting Cocks was the oldest inn in Oakengates bearing the date of 1656, has been licensed for 132 years."

“In 1725, when Market Street in Oakengates was first laid out as a Turnpike road to Shrewsbury, the town expanded commercially along this road ------ The Fighting Cocks already existed in Oakengates and although the original wooden framed building was destroyed by fire in 1883, the original pub is mentioned as far back as the 15th Century, however its first license was not granted until the mid-eighteenth century.”
                                    


Extract from the “Shrewsbury Chronicle” 20 July 1854.
“Death reported of Elizabeth LIGHT, wife of Robert LIGHT, Fighting Cocks, Oakengates.”

Notice in advert for Barbers (Auctioneers).  15 August 1854.
The late William BALL of ‘The Fighting Cocks’  sells furniture and 23 x 100gall Ale casks. (BAD)


"November 07 1883  The "Fighting Cock Inn" Oakengates burnt down last night. The oldest house in O'Gates. Thatched & part timber - more than 200 years" (John WHEELER'S diary.)       
Landlord Henry HARRISON,  owner of property Mr J. LEAKE a solicitor of Shifnal. It was rebuilt in 1884.



FIRE AT 'THE FIGHTING COCKS',  MARKET ST.  OAKENGATES 
6 November 1883.

Details from the "Shrewsbury Journal" (late Eddowes),
dated 14 November 1883. 


OAKENGATES FIRE.
    "Three houses destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning, 6th November.
A fire, which resulted very seriously (sic), broke out in the "Fighting Cocks Inn" Oakengates.
    The fire was first discovered about 4 o'clock AM and although every available assistance was rendered the Inn and two shops adjoining were completely burnt out, only a portion of the wall being left standing.
    From what we gather it appears that on Tuesday night, shortly after closing time the inmates of the 'Fighting Cocks Inn' retired to bed leaving everything apparently safe, about 4AM they were awoke by an alarm of the fire and on getting out of bed they were astounded to find that the premises were in flames.
   At that time the fire had made such headway that the persons in the house namely, Mr Henry Harrison, the landlord of the 'Fighting Cocks Inn'; Mr Harrison (his father), Mr Frank Lloyd, a Shrewsbury man, his wife, a child, a female servant and male lodger, had to escape by an upstairs window.
    The alarm reached Wellington about 4-30AM, under the direction of Chief Superintendent Webb, the Salop Engine and members of the Brigade started for the scene,  on arriving there a slight delay took place owing to a scarcity of water, however this was difficulty was overcome by getting a supply from the canal and the engine began to play upon the fire.
    It was soon found that all hopes of saving the Inn were gone and Superintendent Webb had to direct his attentions to saving the adjoining premises, it was not till several hours of hard work that the fire was brought under subjection and then the Inn with the whole of it's contents destroyed together with the adjoining Fishmonger's shop in occupation of Mr J  Lewis of Shifnal.
    The shop in occupation of Mr Mawdesley, clogger, of Shifnal was also partly destroyed, the whole of the premises which belonged to Mr J Leake, solicitor, of Shifnal are insured and also the furniture of Mr Harrison; but the effects of Mr Mawdesley and Mr Lewis are not insured.
    We understand the Mr Mawdesley has lost over £30 worth of stock, but Mr Lewis's loss is trifling.
    The 'Fighting Cocks Inn' was the oldest inn in Oakengates bearing the date of 1656 AD and had has been licensed for 132 years. "
   

 (From a transcription by Ernie Dabbs [with permission], Feb 2003.)
       

  RETURN OF LICENSED HOUSES IN THE PETTY SESSIONAL DIVISION OF SHIFNAL 1896
1.Name. Fighting Cocks. Place.  Oakengates. 3.Date of Visit.24 July 1896. 
4.Nature of Licence,  Alehouse 7 days.   5.When Granted.  Not known but before 1800. 
6.Owner F.W.SOAMES (Wrexham) brewer. Occupier James PRICE 
Number of changes within past five years  2. 
7.Rateable value £42-11s. 8.Accommodation.   4 rooms downstairs and  4 up. 
9.Stabling. For 7 horses. 10.Condition of Buildings. House in fair condition, stable requires cleaning & lime-washing. 
11.Nature of Trade. Mining.  12.Proximity to other Licensed Houses. About 20 yards. 
13.Proximity to Dwelling Houses. Adjoining. 
14.Position of House with regard to Police Control. Near Police Station. 
15.Date & Nature of Proceedings. 3 March 1893 permitting drunkenness, fined £3, costs 17/3d. Not against present occupant.      16.General Remarks. Tied to Wrexham Brewery Co. 

Some licensees
    1753        William BALL (senior) (OB)
    1820s       William BALL (QSR)
    1822        William BALL (junior) (OB)
    1826        Elizabeth BALL (PD & PL)
    1828/34   William BALL (PD)
    1841/44   Elizabeth BALL (OB & PD)
    1849        Robert LIGHT (OB)
    1851        William LIGHT  (HGD).
    1856/61    Edmund WILKINSON (OB, HHD & census)
    1879        William POINTON (OB)
    1883        Henry HARRISON, owner J LEAKE of Shifnal.  (Shrewsbury Journal),
    1888        William PRESTWOOD (OB)
    1891        George Edward ARTHURS  (KD)   
    1895        James PRICE  (KD)
    1896        George ARTHURS (OB)   Owners F W SOAMES (Wrexham), Brewers.
    1901        Robert FLECK (OB)
    1902        Robert FLECK, Owners F W SOAMES. (SRB)  Rateable value,  £44.10s,  rental £52.10s.
    1905        George PASCALL (OB)
    1909/13    George PASCALL (KD)
    1917        John ROPER (OB)
    1922        Thomas EVANS (OB)
    1926        Joseph HAWLEY (OB)
    1934        William H. Hayward (KD)
    1937/41    Elizabeth LANE (OB & KD)
    1956        Winifred PLIMMER  (ER)
    2002        Joe MURDOCH
    2010        David GOLDENGAY




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