John Gully 1783 - 1863
John Gully 1860
At number seven lived John Gully sportsma, politician and one time champion boxer of England – he went 59 rounds in 1805 to win his title, and enough money to buy his way out of debtors prison.
As the landlord of the Plough tavern in Carey Street, London, he retired from the ring in 1808, and took to horse-racing. In 1827 he lost £40,000 by backing his horse Mameluke (for which he had paid four thousand guineas) in the St Leger.
Having bought Ackworth Park near Pontefract, he was Member of Parliament for the Pontefract constituency from December 1832 to July 1837. In 1862 he purchased the Wingate Grange estate and collieries.
Gully fathered 24 children from 2 marriages. He died at Durham on the 9th of March 1863. His body was returned to Ackworth where he was interred with his daughter.
Gully's portrait is available on the National Portrait Gallery Website