Croydon’s Slave Owners – an exploratory essay

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The latest CNHSS Proceedings contains an essay by me Croydon’s Connections with the British Slavery Business.

The essay grew out of my researches into Croydon’s black history and joint co-operation with the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project, which included two talks by project member Nick Draper, and the production of special panels for use in the Croydon Heritage Festival. This then led to my giving a talk to CNHSS resulting in them asking me to write it up for publication.

The essay looks at those with Croydon connections involved in the slavery business, including slave trading and plantation ownership. There is also a section summarising the Black Presence in Croydon in the period up to emancipation (1833-38) and a section on abolitionist activities.  It is a summary because fuller detail is in my Croydon’s African and Asian History‘ pamphlet.

The other two essays in the Proceedings are:

Roy Cox. You Don’t Know what you are talking about

This is the text of a talk he gave to CNHSS in 2016 reflecting on his activities as a local historian, including as a school teacher and tutor for the Workers’ Educational Association.

Brian Lancaster. John Corbet Anderson. Historian of Croydon

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My thanks to Brian Lancaster for his meticulous editorial advice, and to Nick Draper for his advice and encouragement.



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 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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