Plaque unveiled to honour Stamford 'big man' Daniel Lambert
A plaque has been unveiled to mark one of the heavyweights of Stamford history.
The Daniel Lambert Society performed the ceremony on Saturday with town mayor Breda Griffin 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).
He died in what was then the Waggon and Horses before he was to put himself on show in Stamford as a public exhibit to make money. The 39-year-old was later buried in the then new St Martin’s churchyard.
Society chairman Roger Street, from Dorset, is a fan of Daniel, describing him as a larger than life character. He has written books on Daniel and paid for the £500 plaque.
Roger said a ‘lovely group’ of a dozen attended the unveiling, with them afterwards going to the Bull and Swan for refreshment.
“It couldn’t have gone any better.”
Roger said he met the Stamford-based Daniel Lambert Dining Club, who regularly meet and dine in Daniel’s honour and have done so since 1983.
Next March, a dinner and weekend of activities will be held in Leicester to mark the 250th anniversary of Daniel’s birth.
Roger added he would think of a related event for Stamford.
Stamford town mayor Breda Griffin said she did not realise that Daniel had died in Stamford and since meeting Roger at a book launch he held in Stamford, she has learnt much about him and the Daniel Lambert Society.
With Daniel being buried in town, him having bust in the town hall, and the George Hotel having his chair and walking stick, Mayor Griffin added such artefacts might attract visitors to Stamford.