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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
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.