William Wilberforce (1759-1833), lived in Broomfield Lodge on Clapham West Side from his marriage in May 1797 until 1808 when he moved to Kensington Gore. He successfully campaigned against the slave trade as an MP in the late 18th century, together with his friend and fellow MP, Henry Thornton, who lived nearby at Battersea Rise. They were both prominent members of the Clapham Sect, and a plaque commemorating Wilberforce still exists on 111 Broomwood Road. He is shown here as an old man of 73, a year before his death. Engraved by E.Finden after the original by G.Richmond, from 'Life of William Wilberforce' by Robert & Samuel Wilberforce, published 1838.Featured in 2007 commemoration: 'Lambeth and the Abolition: Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade 1807-2007'.Ref: 22/41 RS
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