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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th January 1958 Squeeze pianist & TV presenter Jools Holland was born in Blackheath, London.
24th January 1664 Born today: John Vanbrugh, London, dramatist/architect (baptized)
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.