Stamford's 'big man' Daniel Lambert to be remembered
A plaque to remember one of the heavyweights of Stamford’s history has been proposed.
The Daniel Lambert Society is seeking planning permission to erect the bronze plaque at 50 High Street St Martin's, where he died in 1809.
Leicester born-and-raised Daniel is famous as the heaviest man in England and weighed 52 stone 11lbs (335kg).
The society’s Roger Street loves Daniel’s story due to his big size and big personality. He wrote a picture book on Daniel, which was launched at Leicester Guildhall on March 13, Daniel’s birthday.
Roger, the Mayor of Leicester, and 24 others then formed the society 'to honour the memory of the great man'.
He recalled: “He died at the Waggon and Horses in High Street, St Martin's, on June 21 1809. I thought it was very surprising there was no plaque to mark where he died.
“I have applied for the planning application, paid £500 for the plaque and secured the support of the Burghley Estate who own the building and the tenant. I am keeping my fingers crossed about the planning application to erect the plaque on the side of the listed building.”
If approved, Roger plans for an unveiling ceremony, hopefully attended by town mayor Breda Griffin, who attended a book signing of his in Stamford.
Roger is also fundraising to erect a bronze statue of Daniel in Jubilee Square, Leicester, and has begun crowdfunding for that. But its £100,000 cost means this plan will take time.
“Daniel was larger than life, both physically and in his personality. He was very popular and bred racing dogs and cockerels. He lost his job as keeper of Bridewell Prison in Leicester and took rooms in London, where people would pay a shilling to see him.”
After making much money, Daniel returned to Leicester but visited Stamford for the races. His death was just before his barber was to deliver leaflets as he was to put himself on show in Stamford.
Roger added: “He was there for just one night at the pub. Because he was so enormous, they had to knock a window and part of the building down to get him out.
"They quickly made a coffin on wheels and rolled him down the hill to what was then the new church of St Martin, where he was buried.”
Jim Mason of Stamford Civic Society said his group, which is consulted on planning applications in conservation areas, had yet to recommend whether South Kesteven District Council should grant approval.
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