Blue Plaques

WILBERFORCE, William (1759-1833)

Plaque erected in 1961 by London County Council at 44 Cadogan Place, Chelsea, London, SW1X 9RU, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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Politician, Philanthropist, Anti-Slavery Campaigner


Philanthropy and Reform, Politics and Administration


WILLIAM WILBERFORCE 1759-1833 Opponent of Slavery died here



William Wilberforce is commemorated by three blue plaques in London. This plaque marks the house in which he spent the final ten days of his life, after travelling from his home in Bath to consult a doctor.

The house belonged to his cousin, Lucy Smith. During Wilberforce’s last days, the bill that paved the way for the ending of slavery in British territories passed its second and third readings in the House of Commons, and he was aware of this.

To find out more about Wilberforce’s life and campaign against slavery, please visit the page for his plaque at 111 Broomwood Road. To read about his involvement with the evangelical group the Clapham Sect, please see the page for the plaque at Holy Trinity Church.

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