William Wilberforce

Died aged 73

William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming an independent Member of Parliament (MP) for Yorkshire (1784–1812). In 1785, he became an evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform. In 1787, he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of activists against the slave trade, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton. They persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became the leading English abolitionist. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for 20 years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. Wilberforce was convinced of the importance of religion, morality and education. He championed causes and campaigns such as the Society for the Suppression of Vice, British missionary work in India, the creation of a free colony in Sierra Leone, the foundation of the Church Mission Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. His underlying conservatism led him to support politically and socially controversial legislation, which resulted in criticism that he was ignoring injustices at home while campaigning for the enslaved abroad. In later years, Wilberforce supported the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery and continued his involvement after 1826, when he resigned from Parliament because of his failing health. That campaign led to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery in most of the British Empire. Wilberforce died just three days after hearing that the passage of the Act through Parliament was assured. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to his friend William Pitt the Younger.

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William Wilberforce 1759-1833 opponent of slavery died here

44 Cadogan Place, London, United Kingdom where they died (1833)

On the site behind this house stood until 1904 Broomwood House - formerly Broomfield - where William Wilberforce resided during the campaign against slavery which he successfully conducted in Parliament.

111 Broomwood Road, London, United Kingdom where they lived

William Wilberforce and the Clapham Sect worshipped in this church. Their campaigning resulted in the abolition of slavery in the British Dominions 1833.

Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QZ, London, United Kingdom where they worshipped

William Wilberforce B.1759 D.1833 stayed here 1802 and 1805.

36 Great Pultney Street, Bath, United Kingdom where they stayed (1802) and stayed (1805)

On this site lived William Wilberforce Statesman & Emancipator 1759-1833

Southside, Merton, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Site of Hendon Park residence of William Wilberforce from 1826-1831

Highwood Hill, Barnet, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1826-1831)

The Old Grammar School was built in 1583 and remained a school until 1878. Famous Old Boys include Andrew Marvell & William Wilberforce. This fine building became a museum in 1988. 'Hands on History'

Hands on History Museum, Hull, United Kingdom where they attended school

Earlham Hall The home of the Gurney family from 1786-1912. It was visited by their many friends including Amelia Opie, Harriet Martineau and William Wilberforce. The hall dates from c 1642.

Earlham Hall, Norwich, United Kingdom where they visited

William Wilberforce 1759-1833 MP for Hull and leading campaigner in parliament for the abolition of slavery. Lived here ar The Chestnuts between 1824 and 1826.

The Chestnuts, Honeycroft Hill, Uxbridge, United Kingdom where they lived (1824-1826)

This church, built by William Wilberforce was consecrated 8 August 1833 and became a parish church 20 May 1926

St Paul’s Church, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, NW7, London, United Kingdom where they built

On the site behind this house stood until 1904 Broomwood House (for- merly Broomfield) where WILLIAM WILBERFORCE resided during the CAMPAIGN against SLAVERY which he successfully conducted in Parliament

111 Broomwood Road, London, United Kingdom where they lived

200 years since the Abolition of the Slave Trade in England and its Empire, we remember Reformer William Wilberforce 1759 - 1833 his long visits here, 1812, 1813, 1814 and 1825 did much for his family, his health, also for faith and schooling in Sandgate With gratitude and pride March 2007

Chichester Hall, North Lane, Sandgate, United Kingdom where they stayed (1812), stayed (1813), stayed (1814), and stayed (1825)

Hull Merchant Adventurers' Hall 1583-1706 Hull Grammar School 1583-1878 Holy Trinity Choir School 1884-1915 Andrew Marvell and William Wilberforce were educated here

Souht Church Side, Hull, United Kingdom where they was