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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Tomb of Tom Sayers (with dog)
Celebrated Victorian boxer Tom Sayers is buried here.
Location: Highgate West Cemetary, Highgate
Description: This is the attractive tomb of celebrated boxer Tom Sayers.
He came from Brighton and was only 5ft 8inches and fought many opponents bigger and heavier than he ws, and he only lost one fight.
Sayers became the last English champion before the introduction of the Queensbury Rules when in 1857 he beat William Perry.
His big fight was against American champion John Camel Heenan which was billed as the first World Championship bout, and ended in a draw in Farnborough, which propelled him to celebrity.
Tom died of diabetes on 8th November 1865 aged just 39, and his funeral a week later attracted huge crowds, some reports state 100,000 people flocked to Camden Town. The cortege was followed by his dog (named Lion) who was chief mourner at the funeral. His tomb features a stone version of Lion.