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Throwing At Cocks

A blood sport associated with Shrove Tuesday practised in England until at least the late 1700s. It may have continued in the 1800s but the popularity had waned, discouraged by Magistrates, and by the middle of the 19th century it was extinct.

A Cockerel was tied to a post and weighted sticks were thrown at it until it was killed. It was often done by children as a sort of child's version of Cockfighting which the adults might have 'enjoyed' but was considered by many to be the more barbaric of the two.  

A variation was to suspend the fowl in a pot high above the ground and try to break the pot and release the fowl which although seemingly less cruel ended with the cockerel being the reward so it became supper.