Slavery in Lewisham timeline - 1780 - 1799

The Letters of the late Ignatius Sancho, an African. In Two Volumes' published

20th May 1783
'William Talar, a black of Red House Wharf' buried at St Paul's, Deptford

25th May 1783
'John McCoy, a black drowned' buried at St Paul's, Deptford

8th September 1783
John Tarr 'an adult person about the age of 21 years and a black' baptised at St Paul's, Deptford

28th November 1783
George Meads ' an adult Negro about the age 21 years, Red House Wharf' baptised at St Paul's, Deptford


William Wilberforce lives at Dartmouth Grove, Blackheath [a house named 'Lydia' today] until 1788. During this time he make many speeches on abolition in Parliament. He lived here whilst his mother was ill and living at Shooters Hill, she died 17th December 1788

31st December 1785
'William Brown, a black man' buried at St Nicholas, Deptford

17th March 1786
John Caesar was tried at Deptford for stealing cash with a value of 240 shillings (12 pounds). He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years and left England on The Alexander aged about 23. His occupation was listed as servant or labourer. He died in 1796


30th July 1786
Jane Thomas 'daughter of John and Ann (Negro's) of Griffin Street, born Feby 15' baptised at St Paul's, Deptford

The Bounty is fitted out at Deptford for an expedition to take breadfruit to the West Indies from the South Seas to feed the slave population

Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade is founded

Alexander Glenny [c. 1737 – 3 January 1787] dies. He was of the island of Dominica and died at Bromley Hill. There was a memorial to his family at St Mary’s church, Lewisham.

23rd February 1787
The Sierra Leone Resettlement Plan fleet sails from Deptford with 350 black emigrants

Joseph Hardcastle resident at Hatcham House in New Cross until 1819. He was the first treasurer of the London Missionary Society. Thomas Clarkson was a regular visitor and wrote part of his 'History of the Abolition of the Slave Trade' there.

'The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African written by Himself' published

Francis Baring purchases the manor house, Lee, which he later rebuilds


Haitian revolution led by Toussaint L'Ouverture

4th October 1796
Billy Blue, a 'lumper' at Deptford Dockyard is convicted at Maidstone, Kent, of stealing raw sugar from The Lady Jane Halliday and sentenced to seven years transportation. After four years in convict hulks, he was transported to Botany Bay in The Minorca. He was described in convict records as 'a Jamaican Negro sailor' aged 29 in 1796

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