A memorial plaque on a fine Georgian house at Market Weighton in East Yorkshire, depicts a large footprint, that of ‘The tallest Englishman ever recorded who lived in this house.’ William Bradley was born at Market Weighton on 10th February 1787, one of 13 children and grew to be 7ft 9ins tall and weighed 27 stones. A huge man, as a painting at the Londesborough Arms in the town, shows, together with a huge chair said to have belonged to Bradley. One of his shoes, 15ins long and 51/2ins wide, can be seen in Hull museum.
The Yorkshire Giant travelled the country exhibiting himself at fairs and shows and it cost 1/- to see him, quite a considerable amount in those early days of the 19th century. Apparently King George 111 was quite taken with him and presented him with a gold watch chain.
Bradley died at Market Weighton on 30th May 1820 at the age of 33 years. His coffin measured 9ft x 3ft. He was buried at 5-o-clock in the morning of 3rd June 1820, to avoid onlookers, originally in the churchyard, but in 1872 his remains were exhumed and reburied inside All Saints Church at Market Weighton, where a memorial tablet can be seen.
William Bradley is still recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest ever British person.
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Photo taken in Market Weighton, York, East Riding of Yorkshire YO43, UK