Cock Bridge spanning Cock Beck, north of Towton. Towton was the scene of a crucial battle in 1461 during the Wars of the Roses. Cock Beck is probably derived from the old english 'cocc' meaning 'cock or woodcock' and 'bekkr' meaning 'stream'. It is an affluent of the River Wharfe at Tadcaster. A ford existed where Cock Bridge is situated carrying the Roman Road from Tadcaster to the South. Cock Beck is liable to floods.