The slavery connections of Brodsworth Hall (1600-c.1830)

By Susanne Seymour and Sheryllynne Haggerty, University of Nottingham

This report was commissioned by English Heritage in November 2008 and research was carried out from December 2008 to October 2009. The following six objectives were addressed in the research:

  • to establish the slavery and colonial connections of the case study property and its owners, including their wider families;
  • to assess the relative importance of slave-generated wealth to the owners and how this changed over time;
  • to establish how slave-generated wealth was used in relation to the property and within the wider British economy and to establish if/how the wealth of the property in Britain contributed in turn to the development of slavery-based investments in the colonial and slavery environment;
  • to identify and evaluate any evidence of slavery-related designs at the property;
  • to assess any evidence of a black presence within the household;
  • to assess any responses to abolition from owners of the property, their families and any other figures associated with them.

The key areas of focus are:

  • the sources of Peter Thellusson’s (1735-1797) merchant wealth, with a case study of his money lending in Grenada;
  • Peter Thellusson (1735-1797), and the managers of his will (1797-1859), as landowners in Grenada and England;
  • Charles Sabine Augustus Thellusson (1822-1885) and the spending of his inheritance at Brodsworth, including the building of Brodsworth Hall.

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed


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