Sir Fowell Buxton MP 1st Baronet

Died aged c. 59

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1st Baronet (1 April 1786 – 19 February 1845) was an English Member of Parliament, brewer, abolitionist and social reformer. He had connections with the Gurney family.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton 1786-1845 anti-slavery campaigner lived and worked here

The Directors’ House, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets, E1, London, United Kingdom where they lived and worked

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton BT. MP. 1786-1845 Buxton led the Parliamentary campaign responsible for the 1833 Act freeing the 700,000 slaves then held in the West Indies and elsewhere in the British Empire. Married into the Quaker Banking family of the Gurneys, he worked with Elizabeth Fry to improve conditions in prisons and reduce the number of crimes deemed worthy of the death penalty. He spoke at the Friends Meeting House in Norwich and used St Andrews Hall to organize meetings in favour of his various causes.

Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, United Kingdom where they spoke