Slavery & Abolition Sites – Somerset


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.


An Essay on the Abolition of Slavery Throughout the British Dominions Without Injury to the Master or his Prosperity with the Least Possible Injury to the Slave, without Revolution and Without Loss to the Revenue’.

This booklet was published in Frome  by W. Penny in 1833 and in its copious footnotes makes an impressive and well written argument. 

East Coker, nr Yeovil

Hynerford House was the birthplace William Dampier (1652-1715) adventurer, explorer and author.  A brass memorial on the wall of the south aisle of St Michael’s church commemorates Dampier who was a bucanneer for 11 years before being commissioned by the Admiralty to explore the Pacific.


George White, Anglican clerk and Mr John Chubb asked William Tucket, Mayor of Bridgwater to petition Parliament against the slave trade.  It was presented by the Hon. Ann Poulet and Alexander Hood, MPs.  It was allowed to stand on the table. (no date given) Praised by Clarkson but unable to clarify .


Prior Park was built by Ralph Allen who became fabulously wealthy without direct money from the colonies or slavery. 
Anonymous pamphlet published by Campbell & Gainsborough, corner Burton St
‘Address to the People of Great Britain on the Propriety of abstaining from West India Sugar and Rum’

19 Bennet St

Arthur Philip (1738-1814) was the first Governor of Australia who led the first fleet of convicts in 1787 to alleviate overcrowded prison conditions in Britain. He  lived here on his return. He was probably chosen for his knowledge of agriculture and for his earlier transportation of convicts when few died. He had an enlightened attitude towards the convicts and the indigenous people of the new continent. A plaque to him is in Bath Abbey.

St Nicholas Church, Bathampton

Governor Phillip is buried here.  Each October a wreath is laid.  An Australian chapel was dedicated in 1975.


At the assizes following the Monmouth uprising, 100 prisoners were sentenced to be transported to the West Indies.

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