Description: Tomb of Thomas Sayers in Highgate (Western) Cemetery
Date Listed: 14 May 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 478316
OS Grid Reference: TQ2842887188
OS Grid Coordinates: 528428, 187188
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5689, -0.1484
TQ2887SW SWAIN'S LANE
798-1/5/1577 (West side)
14/05/74 Tomb of Thomas Sayers in Highgate
(Formerly Listed as:
HIGHGATE (WESTERN) CEMETERY
Grave of Thomas Sayers)
Chest tomb with sculptured dog. c1865. Marble. Rectangular
plinth with chest tomb having battered sides, clasping
pilaster strips, projecting cornice with antefixae and
pediment to short end having a relief wreath with ribbons.
Beneath pediment, a relief portrait cameo with inscription. On
plinth in front, a life sized sculpture of Sayers's mastiff
dog, Lion, recumbent. HISTORICAL NOTE: Thomas Sayers was the
last of the bare-fisted prizefighters. Immensely popular
during his lifetime, his funeral was said to have been
attended by 10,000 people with his dog riding on an individual
open carriage immediately behind the coffin.
(Victorian Society Annual, 1989: Brooks C: 'Burying Tom
Sayers': London: -1990: 4-20).
Listing NGR: TQ2842887188
Source: English Heritage
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