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The North Mymms slavery connections

A microcosm of global “conquest, trade, enrichment and exploitation”

Gobions from south-west - tinted print by  J.P Neale 1818 Image Courtesy of Peter Miller
Gobions from south-west - tinted print by  J.P Neale 1818
Image Courtesy of Peter Miller
Between 1700 and 1850, wealth derived from India and the Caribbean was channelled into North Mymms through the purchasing of land and development of property.

The four North Mymms manor houses, Brookmans, Gobions, Potterells, and Moffats, have, in the past, been owned by families who, between them, enslaved 690 people.

These global connections are still visible throughout the parish today, providing reminders that the history of North Mymms is intricately linked to that of Britain’s expanding empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.

With the help of research by former North Mymms resident Dr Chris Jeppersen of the University of Cambridge, and data from the UCL (University College London) Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership, the North Mymms History Project has published a report examining the area’s connections to the wider imperial world.

Slavery's North Mymms connections

Much of the wealth that poured into North Mymms between 1700 and 1850 had direct links to slavery. According to the UCL (University College London) Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership, which traces the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain, five Caribbean estates, four in Jamaica and one in Antigua, were at one time in their history, owned by North Mymms residents who, between them, enslaved 690 people.

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