Thomas Wedders’ record for having the world’s longest nose remains untouched since he set the record in the early 18th century with his nose measuring to a staggering 7.5in ,or 19cm

Thomas Wedders, an 18th century in circus sideshows, gained notable fame for having the world’s longest nose, a record that still stands all these years later.

Wedders was thought to have showcased his remarkable nose throughout Yorkshire but unfortunately, cameras weren’t around at that time to capture images of the record-breaking nose.

His nose is allegedly a stunning 7.5in, or 19cm which was enough for the Guinness World Records reward him with the posthumous title of the “World’s Largest Nose”, reports LadBible.

An extract from The Strand Magazine, Vol. XI, which was released in 1896, said it best: “Thus, if noses were ever uniformly exact in representing the importance of the individual, this worthy ought to have amassed all the money in Threadneedle Street and conquered all Europe, for this prodigious nose of his was a compound of the acquisitive with the martial.

“But either his chin was too weak or his brow too low, or Nature had so exhausted herself in the task of giving this prodigy a nose as to altogether forget to endow him with brains; or perhaps, the nose crowded out this latter commodity.

“At all events, we are told this Yorkshireman expired, nose and all, as he had lived, in a condition of mind best described as the most abject idiocy.”

Wedders has forever been immortalised due to a wax reproduction of his head being produced and is now currently located in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum.


Not much is known about Wedders’ life aside from his performances in circus sideshows, as its thought the Yorkshire man died in his place of birth in his early 50s.

After an image of his wax figure spread online, reddit users were in shock with user perplexed with the sheer size of the nose.

He wrote: “What is actually happening here? Tumor? Growth? Random genetic mishap? Do the nostrils extend all the way to the tip?? I have so many questions…”


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