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#28 The Cock Road Gang

by Steve Mills

 The 'Cock Road Gang' from Kingswood (near Bristol) were perhaps the most notorious criminal gange in Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The geographical spread of their misdemeanours, the columns of newspaper dedicated to recording their activities  and the number of gang members who were hanged or transported for their crimes is certainly testament to their infamy.


This pamphlet looks into the gang's history and some of its most notorious antics and members.

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Cock Road was, in the 18th Century, a tiny little hamlet on the outskirts of Bristol. However, the exploits of its 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 were hung, transported, and imprisoned. They were so renowned, that they even had a structured protection racket, where farmers paid due the size of their estate. It took the full force of the authorities, and the undermining of their way of life to stop the gang.

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