Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Bartley Gorman funeral

Bartley Gorman, the most famous bare-knuckle boxer of this era, and ‘King of The Gyspies’, died on 18 January 2002, exactly ten years ago. This photo was taken at his funeral, when mourners turned up in traditional carriages.

He was a bit of a local hero in Staffordshire, not just to travellers, but to many in his adopted home of Rocester. He’s even mentioned with honour on the Millennium Panel in nearby Uttoxeter Town.

Another local lad, the film director Shane Meadows, was going to make a film of Bartley’s life, but it never came off.

Link: Bartley Gorman

1 comment:

  1. Interesting piece of social history. I was a terrible boxer, tenacious but clobbered.