A PRODIGY OF NATURE, Stamford, Lincolnshire. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on January 3, 2012

Daniel Lambert was only 39 years old when he died in 1809 and he was buried in the graveyard of St Martin’s church at Stamford in Lincolnshire and the epitaph on his gravestone reads : ‘ In remembrance of that Prodigy of Nature, Daniel Lambert, a native of Leicester, who was possessed of an exalted and convivial mind and in personal greatness had no competitor. He measured 3ft round the leg, 9ft 4ins round the body and weighed 52 stones 11lbs. He departed this life on 21st June 1809 aged 39 years. As a testimony of Respect this stone is erected by his friends in Leicester.’ Lambert was the keeper of Leicester Prison. Apparently he was very fond of a wager and often boasted that he could beat any fit man in a race, provided he had the right to choose the course. The course he always chose was a long narrow passage. A portrait of Lambert can be seen hanging in the George Hotel at Stamford.

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Photo taken in Stamford, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9, UK

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