Congleton became notorious in the 1620s when bear-baiting, as well as cockfighting, were popular sports. The town was unable to attract large crowds to its bear-baiting contests and lacked the money to pay for a new, more aggressive bear. So the town used money it had been saving to buy a new Bible to buy a new bear instead. (They hoped to replenished the bible fund with the income from the increased number of spectators.) It became legend that Congleton sold its Bible to pay for a new bear.

The chorus of 20th-century folk song "Congleton Bear" runs:

Congleton Rare, Congleton Rare

Sold the Bible to buy a bear.

The legend earned Congleton the nickname 'Beartown'.

Booking Information

Event date 30/12/2018
Reservations taken from 18/11/2018
Booking fee Member £13.00, Non-member £15, Under 18 - half these rates
Location Cheshire
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