Smithfield: London’s execution site


A sombre past Smithfield remains largely unnoticed by most London enthusiasts, yet it contains some of the few buildings that survived the Great Fire of London in 1666. It also played a significant role in England’s more sombre history - the English Reformation and the years following it. Norman and Medieval London The Priory Church … Continue reading Smithfield: London’s execution site

William Wilberforce’s legacy

William Wilberforce

Early reluctance, later tenacity William Wilberforce was born on 24th August 1759 in Kingston upon Hull. He became an independent MP for Yorkshire in 1784 and kept his seat in Parliament for 28 years. His name is synonymous with the 18th century campaign for the abolition of the slave trade. William Wilberforce though was not … Continue reading William Wilberforce’s legacy

The Women’s Rights Movement and Evangelicalism

Millicent Fawcett

Women's long battle for equal rights It’s here – at last! Millicent Fawcett's statue was unveiled this week, the first woman to be honoured on Parliament Square, and with her all those who fought the long and hard fight for women to have equal rights, in Britain and beyond. Millicent Fawcett, Lydia Becker, the Pankhursts … Continue reading The Women’s Rights Movement and Evangelicalism