The Bishops of Bath and Wells – their connection to slavery and its abolition.

Debbie Manners
Exeter University
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Debbie Manners speaking (credit Kate Pearce)

Debbie Manners provides a brief overview of the British Abolition movement before presenting her research into the Bishops of Bath and Wells and their connection to transatlantic slavery and its abolition.
Two Bishops of Bath and Wells were involved in the movement for the abolition of the slave trade and slavery. They were Bishop Richard Beadon (1802-1824), and his successor Bishop George Henry Law (1824-18450).

After a career in journalism, Debbie achieved a long-held goal of studying for a master’s degree in History at the University of Exeter. Alongside her studies she completed an internship with The Bishop’s Palace examining links between the Bishops of Bath and Wells and the abolition of slavery campaign in the nineteenth century.


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Over the centuries, many of the bishops of Bath and Wells have played significant roles beyond their pastoral and ecclesiastical duties; supporting the abolition of slavery was one of these.

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