Daniel Lambert, Stamford, Lincolnshire

Daniel Lambert, Stamford, Lincolnshire

Born in Leicester March 13th, 1770 and died suddenly during a visit to Stamford for the races in 1809. His coffin was built on wheels requiring some 20 men to lower it down a ramp into his grave in St Martin's Church.

In 1793 he turned the scale at 32 stone and in 1804 weighed over 49 stone. Daniel toured the country putting himself on display and charging the sum of five shillings per view.

It is said that Daniel would visit the many pubs in Stamford and challenge visitors to a race, with the proviso that he be granted a small head start. Due to the many narrow passageways around the streets of Stamford, once ahead, his size prevented opponents from being able to pass. The result was that despite his size he would always win.

The Stamford Museum houses a replica of Daniel's suit.