Slavery & Abolition Sites – Gloucestershire

Gloucester Cathedral
Monument to William Warburton (1698-1779) Bishop of Gloucester, buried there.
Warburton was one of the best known and controversial figures of the 18th century, his ‘Divine Legation of Moses’, a defence of Pope, was widely read.  He was an enemy to Methodism, a friend and literary executor to Pope, whose work he defended, and praised by Clarkson for his support of abolition. 

Monument to Josiah Tucker (1612-99) Dean of Gloucester 1758 buried here.  Previously curate then vicar St Stephens, Bristol. Controversially outspoken writer and free marketeer. 

English Bicknor

Birthplace of Morgan Godwyn (bapt 1640 – ?1709) Anglican clergyman and missionary.
In 1666 Godwyn went to Virginia, where he had no objections to slavery but demanded slave owners take spiritual responsibility for their slaves. Most of his personal life is shrouded in mystery, hence the uncertainty of his death.


Dodington House Nr Chipping Sodbury
Christopher Codrington was born in Barbados and owed sugar plantations on Antigua & Barbados and bred cattle and slaves on Barbuda.  He was educated at Oxford where his benefactions earned him the title of All Hallows’ college’s second founder. 

Elberton – The Old Manor House
Birthplace of Joseph Sturge (1793-1859) philanthropist.
He was born into a long established family of Quakers in a region from which many had joined Penn in America.  He  was interested in a range of issues such as pacifism, rights for workers and especially, abolition. 
Cirencester House, Nr Cirencester
Seat of the 3rd Earl of Bathurst, Minister for War against Napoleon so also in charge of the colonies is buried in the church in the park.  He was fabulously wealthy and entertained many artists including Pope who helped him build a mock ruin, Alfred’s Hall. 


From the 1620s this town was the centre of a flourishing tobacco growing region.  But pressure from America led the government to forbid its production, but it was popular locally as a major source of employment for the poor. Production continued a further 50 years, in defiance of the authorities, and an armed riot. 

For more information on this topic, please refer to my books
Britain’s Abolition of the Slave Trade: A Source Book’
Bristol’s Slavery & Abolition: Overview, context & Walking Trail’
or search Amazon for my other boks as ‘Barb Drummond’
or visit my home page

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