Tagged with William Wilberforce

The Ending of the Slave Trade

Bristol has a lot of myths, one of them is that fortunes were still being made from the trade in human flesh right up to the end of the trade, in the Act of Parliament largely promoted by William Wilberforce, a northern banker and an unlikely champion of Africans. “The short-lived Whig Ministry of 1806 … 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

Thomas Clarkson Recommends

Thomas Clarkson Recommends

Clarkson was the propagandist/PR side of the abolition campaign, touring Britain showing the shackles used on slaves to the public whilst William Wilberforce slugged it out in parliament. Clarkson claimed the musical play ‘The Padlock’ was the most important abolitionist campaign. It featured the slave ‘Mungo’ played by a white actor, so was probably the … Continue reading