Legacies of British Slave ownership database evolves

One of the excellent aspects of the Legacies of British Slave ownership database run by the team at UCL is their ability to keep amending it in the light of new information received, particularly from other people. Sometimes the leads come from unexpected sources and based on very little information.

A few days ago I was talking to someone researching at Croydon Local Studies.  He told me that he knew the database contained information about a ‘John Ede’. I checked and then did some Google searching. This enabled me to draw the team’s attention to material on the web contained in Google’s digitised old books and original documents. As a result the team has amended the entries about Edward Jesup of Writtle Park, and John Ede of Ickenham.

Last month I forwarded to the team the information on the Tarletons and the North East as part of making sure that all the material generated in the 2007 Tyne & Wear Remembering Slavery project was on the North East Popular Politics database, plus Google books and documents searching for any up-date information. As a result information has now been added to the Legacies database on John and Thomas Tarleton, William Postlethwaite of Grenada and Demerara and Daniel Backhouse.

If you think you have some information that is not on the database or extra information that could go on it, do contact the team at by going to:


The North East Popular Politics website can be seen at ppp.nelh.net.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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