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Historic site, Bristol Cathederal

Bristol Cathedral


Photograph of Historic site, Bristol Cathedral. In the cathedral’s north cloister is a monument to Thomas Daniel, a Bristol merchant who made his wealth on the Caribbean island of Barbados. There is also a monument to Mary Anne Schimmel-Penninck (nee Galton), a religious writer who was against the slave trade. Her Dutch husband had commercial links with the Caribbean and was a partner in a firm which invested in African slaves from Bristol. There is also a monument to Thomas Coster, Member of Parliament for Bristol in 1734-9. He was part-owner of the slave ship the Amoretta which in 1736 shipped 178 Africans (including 34 children) from Angola (in West Africa) to South Carolina (in America). There are other memorial stones to other Bristol-born traders who died in Jamaica and Barbados in the Caribbean. Also inside the cathedral is a late Victorian window honouring Edward Colston. He was a Bristol merchant who was linked with a London trading company which had control over the early trade with Africa, Colston also made many charitable donations to the city.

With thanks to the authors of the Slave Trade Trail around Central Bristol, Madge Dresser, Caletta Jordan, Doreen Taylor.

Creator: David Emeney

Date: 2003

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

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