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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th June 2011 Peace campaigner Brian Haw, who camped from 2001 to 2011 outside Parliament, dies from lung cancer.

18th June 1977 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

18th June 1963 Born today: Omar Londono, jockey

18th June 1929 Born today: James Bishop, editor (London News Publications)

18th June 1817 Waterloo Bridge (2formerly Strand Bridge) was officially opened by the Prince Regent.

18th June 1583 Richard Martin of London takes out 1st life insurance policy, on William Gibbons, premium was 383

Tomb of Tom Sayers (with dog)



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.



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Tomb of Tom Sayers (with dog)

Celebrated Victorian boxer Tom Sayers is buried here.


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