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Tomb of Thomas Sayers in Highgate (Western) Cemetery

A Grade II Listed Building in Camden, London

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Latitude: 51.569 / 51°34'8"N

Longitude: -0.1484 / 0°8'54"W

OS Eastings: 528428

OS Northings: 187188

OS Grid: TQ284871

Mapcode National: GBR DT.WSS

Mapcode Global: VHGQL.CTXM

Entry Name: Tomb of Thomas Sayers in Highgate (Western) Cemetery

Listing Date: 14 May 1974

Last Amended: 11 January 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1378953

English Heritage Legacy ID: 478316

Location: Camden, London, N6

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Highgate

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Michael Highgate

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/5/1577 (West side)
14/05/74 Tomb of Thomas Sayers in Highgate
(Western) Cemetery
(Formerly Listed as:
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

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