Posted in July 2012

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Dorset, England

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Dorset, England

Racedown Lodge, near Crewkerne Home of William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and sister Dorothy (1771-1855) from 1795-7. William Wordsworth is the most famous of the Lakeland Romantic poets who wrote widely about nature and injustice, including slavery.  He returned from Europe disillusioned with politics and under suspicion so encouraged to leave London.  He came into an inheritance, and after … Continue reading

We are our Community

We are our Community

  The actor/comedian has been given a punishment for throwing a paparazzo’s phone through a window. He has been ordered to do 20 hours community service. Most people would be a bit annoyed at having to interrupt their busy lives to spend 20 hours doing something they didn’t want to do. Not a bit of … Continue reading

A Dubious Advertisement

A Dubious Advertisement

I have lost my copy of yesterday’s newspaper, but I was horrified to see an ad featuring the official clever clogs person Carol Vorderman which asked, are you ready for 5 million tourists? It showed a selection of different racial/cultural types apparently crowded onto a tube train. The response was to take a herbal supplement … Continue reading

Making the Portugese Piggy in the Middle

Making the Portugese Piggy in the Middle

Following the execution of King Charles for treason, the king’s nephew Prince Rupert  became Lord High Admiral even though he was a soldier. He led a poorly equipped fleet crewed by English cavaliers and Irish adventurers but he had no safe port, so took to piracy. He sent Sir Arnold Delisle to the king of … Continue reading

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Wales

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Wales

Piercefield Estate, nr Chepstow The estate was purchased for £90,000 cash in 1802 by Nathanial Wells, born in St Kitts 1779 the son of William, a Cardiff sugar merchant and his house slave Juggy.  He married the only daughter of Charles Este, a former chaplain to George II. Camarthen, St Peter’s Church Burial place of Sir Richard … Continue reading

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Somerset

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Somerset

Wrington Home of  Hannah More (1745-1833) poet playwright and social campaigner, called ‘the Prelate in petticoats’. Wrington was also the birthplace of John Locke (1632-1704) philospher was born in a small cottage adjoining the north side of the church, his mother’s family home. Frome ‘An Essay on the Abolition of Slavery Throughout the British Dominions Without Injury to the Master … Continue reading

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Bristol England

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Bristol England

In the 1730s Moroccan and Algerian pirates were causing problems with raids on shipping – in 1734, 4 ships were taken which seem to have been hostaged by the government, though action against the pirates seems not to have been taken.  The British ships seem to have been small – probably less than 10 crew. … Continue reading

Slavery & Abolition Research

Slavery & Abolition Research

I have just located the research I carried out as an antidote to the moanathon and misinformation of the celebrations for the Abolition of the Slave trade in Britain in 2007. I thought I had lost all this information but have just located it so  will be including the work on this blog.  At the … Continue reading