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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
15th August 1992 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
15th August 1973 David Storey's Cromwell, premieres in London
15th August 1968 Pirate Radio Free London, begins transmitting
15th August 1928 Born today: Nicolas Roeg, London England, cinematographer/director (Aria, Eureka)
15th August 1875 Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born in London.
Last legal cockfight in England staged in this watering hole.
Location: 7 St Andrews Hill, EC4V 5BY
Description: Luckily cockfighting has been illegal for 70 years, but alas once upon time it was as common as pub darts and a game of pool.
The Cockpit, halfway between Blackfriars and St Paul's, is said to have staged the last legal cockfight in England. Indeed, the circular layout of the bar was once the arena and the upstairs gallery where the 'posh' people would have stood to watch and place their bets.
Thanks goodness that time moves on, today it is just a solid pub offering all that pubs should offer...