"Lang Jack"

Lang Jack

John English
known as 'Lang Jack' due to his great height, 
was a stonemason who came to the area 
to work on the construction of the Chain Bridge, 
 and became known locally for his feats of strength, 
including carrying the materials for his house 
great distances from quarries.
When out 'on the spree' at public houses 
he would leap in the air, 
making holes in the ceiling with his head.
A statue erected in his honour during his lifetime 
was moved from its original site outside his home 
to its present site at the entrance to 
Church Chare in the nineteen-seventies.


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