Wimbledon & Slavery Walk
with Peter Walker
Sun 19th September 2021, 11am-1pm
Peter Walker who has been successfully running the Radical Walk for the past few years, will unveil his latest walk, the “Wimbledon & Slavery Walk” at our Sunset Festival. Several prominent Wimbledon residents directly benefited from the slave trade, and some of the houses they built and lived in, still stand around Wimbledon Common.
The walk will see these houses, and learn of the individuals who lived there. The walk will also visit where William Wilberforce lived and campaigned, in what turned out to be a forty-year fight, which culminated in the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.
By the late eighteenth century, the slave trade represented 80% of Britain’s foreign income and was a major factor in financing Britain’s Industrial Revolution and the growth of the British Empire. During this period, it is estimated 11 million Africans were transported into slavery, about 1.4 million died during the voyage and were thrown overboard.
This walk starts at Crooked Billet Green and ends at Cannizaro House.