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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. 

Both inns still provide excellent hospitality for which the town is renowned and where, if you're lucky, you might just hear a real Cock and Bull story!

A more detailed explanation can be found here: Cock & Bull Story