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WHERE SPURS FOR COCKFIGHTING WERE MADE AND A "MAIN" AS HOGARTH SAW IT

WHERE SPURS FOR COCKFIGHTING WERE MADE AND A

Cocknghting continued in public favour until the end of the eighteenth century. In 1849 the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act made it an offence, and since then it has disappeared from all save certain districts, where a clandestine "main" or two may still be seen by those "in the know." There were various kinds of "mains" or contests; the "battle royal," in which a number of birds fought till only one was left, the "Welsh Main," and so on. Cockspur Street, London (top), is named from the manufacture of the birds' steel spurs.

Other pictures from Sports and Pastimes Through the Ages


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