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George Lovatt.
Brierley Hills Big man. ( Want to solve a mystery )
Posted by Alaska. on May 27, 2011



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Shutter Bug
8:44 AM on November 17, 2012 
Story below from the Blackcountry Bugle.

"We have further details on the Brierley Hill giant George Lovatt and the photograph taken during the miners' strike of 1912. George's grand-niece Sylvia Wells of Wordsley has telephoned the Bugle to confirm that it was George's brother Jim Lovatt who kept the tobacconist shop shown in the photograph. Jim was a bookmaker, taking bets at the shop in the days when bookmaking was illegal. Sylvia's grandmother Annie was the sister of George Lovatt, who ran a coal, hay and straw business with another brother, Jack Lovatt, from their home at Milestone House, near Round Oak.
The photograph shows the children of striking miners queuing at the Miners' Arms pub at Round Oak, Brierley Hill. This was because the landlord Alf Tandy ran a soup kitchen for the benefit of the strikers' families, who faced starvation as their men folk were without pay. Alf Tandy can be seen standing in the doorway of the pub holding a child. The soup kitchen forced Alf to replace some of his brewing equipment when the strike was over, because he had used his vats to make the soup. The woman standing at the far left is Lydia Lovatt, wife of Jack, and she is holding her daughter Marge. It was Lydia who cared for George Lovatt when he became incapacitated in later life and weighed a reputed 64 stones. The well-known photograph of George hung in Lydia's front room and Sylvia remembers her father having it re-framed at one point."
10:19 AM on May 28, 2011 
His Top weight, 42st 2llbs.