Slavery in Lewisham timeline - 1800s

First West India dock opens in London

Eliza Hanson [24 June 1802 – 18 June 1820] dies, she was the wife of Edward Hanson and daughter of John Pennock of Kingston, Jamaica. There was a memorial to Eliza at St Mary’s church, Lewisham.

On 1st January St Domingue is declared the republic of Haiti, the first independent black state outside Africa


John Charnock [c. 1756 – 16 may 1807] dies. He was the only son of John Charnock of Barbados and sometimes barrister of the Inner Temple. There was a memorial to John at St Margaret’s church, Lee.

Ercey Barrett [c.1792 – 8 December 1807] dies. She was the daughter of G.B.Barrett of Jamaica. There was a memorial to Ercey at St Mary's church, Lewisham.

25th March 1807
The Abolition of the Slave Trade Act is passed

The Royal Navy's West African Squadron is established to supress the illegal trading in slaves by British citizens. Between 1810 and 1865, nearly 150,000 people are freed by the anti-slavery squadron.

7th December 1812
John Wellington 'an African Adult Mr Keelings, Deptford Green about 18 years of age' baptised at St Paul's, Deptford

Lee Petition signed by local residents

2nd April 1817
Charles George 'Father and Mother Africans, from the Congo River. He was a Mariner of about 14 years of age' baptised at St Paul's, Deptford.


11th April 1817
Benjamin Peters 'Father and Mother Africans and was baptised at about 21 years of age. He was a Mariner from the Congo River' baptised at St Paul's, Deptford.

Anti-Slavery Committee formed in London to campaign for total abolition of slavery

2nd November 1830
B.C. Challis addresses an anti-slavery meeting at Reverend Barker's Chapel in Deptford High Street. The speech is printed as a pamphlet by Warcup in Deptford Broadway.

August 1833
Abolition of Slavery Bill receives Royal Assent

Anna Maria Elizabeth Millward [c.1761 – 24 December 1836] dies; she was the widow of john Gardner Millward of Jamaica. There was a memorial to Anna at St Mary’s church, Lewisham.

1st August 1838
Enslaved men, women and children in the British Empire finally become free following a period of forced apprenticeship

May 1841
Deptford Chartists began having meetings - also met up with the Greenwich Group

A Chartist meeting in Deptford was chaired by Mr Ellis [a tradesman of Deptford]

Enslavement of the Roma in Romania abolished

Emancipation of slaves in the Dutch West Indies

Second Republic of France repeals slavery laws

Tsar Alexander II of Russia abolishes serfdom

Thirteenth Amendment ends slavery in USA

An uprising in Eastern Jamaica caused a British military response and over 500 people were killed

October 1865
Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica

Abolition of slavery in Cuba

Abolition of slavery in Brazil

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