CHANG THE GIANT
THIS formidable looking chap was
called Chang the Giant and he was
something of a celebrity in
Bournemouth before the turn of the
His unmarked grave is in the
Wimborne Road Cemetery. The
funeral caused something of a stir
because the coffin was 81/2 ft.
long Chang being almost 8ft. tall.
An Echo reader this week came
across a mention of the burial in
an old London evening paper. The
date was Thursday, November 9, and
the entry read: "Chang, the
Giant, was buried yesterday at
Bournemouth Cemetery in the same
grave as his wife, who died in the
early part of this year. The
coffin was 81/2ft. long."
The reader asked: "I wonder if
any readers can throw further
light on how this man come to die
in this town."
Mr. John Neals, manager of the Ice
Rink in Westover Road,
Bournemouth, tells me he remembers
asking his mother about a house in
Southcote Road, Bournemouth, which
had a 9ft. wall built about 4ft.
from the house.
:She said it was the home of the
Chinese giant who didn't like
people staring at him. The wall
shielded the house from the road.
I believe it was still standing
until a few years ago."
Bournemouth Resister Office say
Chang was 52 when he died on
November 5, 1893. His wife
Catherine died in July of that
year aged 44.
Chang's surname was Woo Gow and in
the record of his death he is
described as "a gentleman."
Bournemouth Echo April 26, 1974
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