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