Earliest streaker


First streaker recorded in 1799. This photo is not him! Image credit (Eadweard Muybridge)

The first streaker recorded in modern times, is attributed to a man who after accepting a wager of ten guineas (£10.50 or $17 then, but worth £850 or $1400 today) ran naked from Cornhill to Cheapside in the City of London, on the evening of Friday 5 July 1799, and was subsequently arrested at Mansion House (the official residence of the Mayor of London) and thrown in Poultry Compter prison.


  • Julie Peakman, The Pleasure's All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex, Publisher Reaktion Books, 2013, ISBN 1780232039, 9781780232034, 352 pages. Page 332, referencing on page 432, The Observer newspaper, 7 July 1799.