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Copper Cockerel and Replicas Iconic Part of Fabled Stadium


In 1909, a copper cockerel cast by former player William James Scott was installed atop the stadium. When the stadium closed, two fiberglass replicas stood instead.


White Hart Lane was the treasured home of English soccer team Tottenham Hotspur for 118 years until the club played its final game there in May. And one of the most memorable quirks of the building was a casting. In 1909, a copper cockerel cast by former


player William James Scott was installed atop the stadium. Te original casting survived two World Wars and in the late 1980s, was broken open by the club to see if a fable about a hidden gold treasure was true. It wasn’t, as only an old handbook was found.


By the end of the stadium’s existence, two fiberglass replicas stood atop the stadium after the original was moved in 1989. Visitors to the stadium still were able to see the original, as it was housed inside the reception area of one of the arena’s stands. It is expected to move to the team’s new building in 2018.


One of the fiberglass replicas of the original cast cockerel is shown.


56 | MODERN CASTING June 2017


SHAKEOUT Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.


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