10 April 2011

Francis

In the Cathedral there are numerous memorials in the walls and floors to various people connected to Winchester. I am not into fishing myself but here is a memorial to angler Francis Francis who died in 1886. He was angling editor to The Field, and his most famous work was "A Book on Angling" published 1867. He also played an important part in introducing English trout to the rivers of Tasmania and New Zealand. He apparently used to regularly frequent the Royal Winchester Hotel with other fly fishers of the River Itchen.

A Sum of £67 2s 6d was raised in 1887 by his close angling friends and a memorial plaque was erected in the Cathedral where it remains in place to remind the fishing fraternity of his contribution to their sport.

5 comments:

  1. Interesting post. I'm wondering if there was more to what he did than they tell us.

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  2. What kind of parents name their child Francis Francis?? ;-)

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  3. Have to agree with Halcyon, very odd. He would have got a lot of stick for that name at my old school.

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  4. It sounds as if his parents couldn't be bothered to think of a name. How sad.

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