Stony Stratford - home of
The Cock & Bull Story
The ancient north Buckinghamshire town of Stony Stratford, now part of the city of Milton Keynes, is famous as the place of origin of the term 'Cock & Bull Story', recognised throughout the English-speaking world.
This dates back to the late 18th/early 19th centuries, at the height of the great coaching era, when Stony Stratford - which is located on the old Roman Road of Watling Street - was an important stopping-off point for mail and passenger coaches travelling between London and the North.
Travellers on these coaches
were regarded as a great source of current news from remote parts of the
country - news which would be imparted in the town's two main inns, The
Cock and The
Bull. The two establishments rapidly developed a rivalry as to which
could furnish the most outlandish and scurrilous travellers' tales.
A more detailed explanation can be found here: Cock & Bull Story