Famous Sutton High Street Cockerel sign to be restored

The cockerel sign

Published Wednesday, 11th March 2020

The famous Sutton High Street Crossroads cockerel sign came down on Sunday 1 March for restoration works and will return again in April of this year.

The Grade II listed landmark’s history originates in a public house called ‘The Cock’ and owned by Gentleman Jackson (1769-1845). The Cock pub sported a sign which hung from a timber goal-post straddling Sutton High Street.

By 1914, the original pub had been completely demolished, and the sign was moved a few metres to the junction of the High Street with Carshalton Road (where it is still located now). By around 1915 the lanterns on the sign had been removed and replaced with a sign post, carrying multiple finger posts identifying local destinations. The Cock Hotel lettering on the sign was also replaced with an image of a cockerel (Historic England, The Cock sign on Sutton High Street).

Councillor Steve Penneck, Heritage Champion for Sutton Town Centre said: 

“We are delighted to have the Sutton High Street Crossroads sign restored to its former glory. 

“The works will help to enhance the high street’s rich history and align with our ambitious plans to preserve the landmarks which make Sutton such a special place”.

The restoration will be carried out by Calibre Conservation and the works are match-funded by Historic England as part of the Sutton Town Centre Heritage Action Zone.