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Born in 1871, Tom Cribb was a successful bare-knuckle boxer who, after a match against  Tom Molineaux, an American and former slave, became world champion.  The bout went to 35 rounds! He is buried in St Mary Magdalene churchyard, Woolwich, where there is a stunning memorial erected in his honour.

He retired from boxing in his 30s and became a publican at the Union Arms, Panton Street.  The pub was rebuilt 1878 and named after him in 1960.

Tom Cribb

We visited the churchyard last Monday before heading to the cemeteries and I took some photographs of the monument. The symbolism of the lion can mean a couple of things – probably in Tom Cribb’s case it’s the courage and spirit of the dead person.

Overlooking the Thames in Woolwich

Inscription on the urn

The only monument/ memorial in the churchyard

The photographer

Source for information and image from: http://tomcribb.freeservers.com/about.html

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