THREE FEET TALL, Skipton, North Yorkshire. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on January 3, 2012

The inscription on a gravestone in the churchyard at Christ Church in Keighley Road, Skipton tells us about an unusual 19th century Skipton man: ‘In memory of the late Edwin Calvert, son of Richard Calvert of Skipton. (Known by the name of the “Commander in Chief” being the smallest and most perfect man in the world, being under 36” in height and weighing 25 ½ lbs). Who died (much lamented and deeply regretted by all who knew him). Aug 7 1859 in the 17th year of his age. Blest lovely youth as thou art, it were so cruel to depart. Yet dear Saviour I resign, my lovely youth for ever thine.’

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    by Roy Pledger
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