The Clapham Sect

How Wilberforce's circle transformed Britain


ISBN: 9780745957395 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9780745957395

Publication date: September 12, 2012

Format: Ebook

Extent: 272 pages

Imprint: Lion Books


The Clapham Sect was a group of evangelical Christians, prominent in England from about 1790 to 1830, who campaigned for the abolition of slavery and promoted missionary work at home and abroad. The group centred on the church of John Venn, rector of Clapham in south London. Its members included William Wilberforce, Henry Thornton, James Stephen, Zachary Macaulay and others.

Stephen Tomkins tells the fascinating story of the group as one of a web of family relations – father and son, aunt and nephew, husband and wife, daughter and father, cousins, etc. Within the story of the people are the stories of their famous campaigns against the slave trade, then slavery, the Sierra Leone colony, Indian mission, home mission, charity and politics.

The book ends by assessing the long term influence of the Clapham Sect on Victorian Britain and the Empire.

Meet the author: Dr Stephen Tomkins

STEPHEN TOMKINS has a PhD in Church History from London Bible College. An experienced journalist, he is a contributing editor to the Ship of Fools website. He is the author of David Livingstone, John Wesley: A Biography (Lion, 2003) and Paul and His World (Lion, 2004).

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