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Cockpit
Cockpit
Cockpit
Cockpit
Cockpit
Cockpit

Photo credit: Mike Longhurst / Art UK

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The cockpit is the principal feature of the triangle of common land known as the Village Green. It is speculated that the depression was originally a medieval gravel pit and was later allowed to grass over in order to be used as a cockpit. Cockfighting was outlawed in 1834, and the pit was later used for single-stick fighting until that was stopped in 1862. The cockpit is a circular structure with sloping sides. On the floor of the pit there is a slightly raised circle. In the twentieth century it became an arena for great public events, such as the homecoming service for the returning troops in 1919. It is marked by an engraved stone donated by a former member of the board, Mr A. Gunn.
Title

Cockpit

Medium

earth, grass & stone

Measurements

H 150 x W 400 x D 400 cm

Accession number

BR7_ML_S211

Work type

Landscape

Owner

Bromley London Borough Council

Custodian

Bromley London Borough Council

Work status

extant

Access

at all times

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