Bendigo - The Pride of Nottingham
Nottingham-born William 'Bendigo' Thompson (1811-1880) was the undefeated Champion Prize Fighter Of All England between 1839 and his retirement in 1850. Below is a poem written by Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about him titled "Bendigo's Sermon":
You didn't know of Bendigo?
Well that knocks me out!
Who's your board schoolteacher?
What's he been about?
Chock a block with fairy tales;
Full of useless cram,
And never heard of Bendigo
The Pride Of Nottingham.
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle