|Tommy Hall world record holder. Note the name Gordon Bennett up on the hoardings.
Hackney can lay claim to a World record beating cyclist in Tommy Hall - although born in Croydon, Tommy must have came up an earlier version of the Overground as he ended up in Hackney, finally parking his bike in Abney Park where I spotted his gravestone the other day. Hall was a professional cyclist between 1900 and 1914 and he broke the world motor-paced hour record on the 14th September 1903, distancing 54.34 miles (87.391 kilometres).
|Tommy Hall - stayer
The following year he came 2nd in the European stayer (motor-paced) championship in 1904.
Hall died aged 72 in 1949, his grave lies in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington, London, a few feet away from the statue of Dr Isaac Watts up from the chapel towards Church Street.
|Tommy Hall's gravestone in Abney Park
William Thomas (Tommy) Hall
Who died April 26th 1949
Aged 72 years
This memorial was erected
by his cycling friends as a tribute to
a record breaking and world famous cyclist
on road and track
A great rider and sportsman
|An earlier stayer F. Gerger being led around by a scary looking contraption that I can't even name.