Monday, 7 June 2010

Tom Sayers

The plaque to Tom Sayer, bare-knuckle prize-fighter, which was unveiled on April 17 on a wall of the Guitar, Amp & Keyboard Shop in North Street. This location was chosen as it is close to where Tom was born in the warren of 19th century slum streets that ran between Church Street and North Road. Most of this area has been twice redeveloped since Tom's birth so no trace of his birthplace remains.

Tom attended the Middle Street School, trained at the White Horse at Rottingdean and the Druid's Head in Brighton and became the last English heavyweight champion before the introduction of the Queensbury rules.

The plaque was financed and commissioned by the Sussex Ex-Boxers Association.

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