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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
15th August 1992 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
15th August 1973 David Storey's Cromwell, premieres in London
15th August 1968 Pirate Radio Free London, begins transmitting
15th August 1928 Born today: Nicolas Roeg, London England, cinematographer/director (Aria, Eureka)
15th August 1875 Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born in London.
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.