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Clarkson Memorial at Eusemere – Home of anti-
Thomas Clarkson was a leading anti-
Clarkson lived for 10 years at Eusemere in Pooley Bridge, where he became friends with the Wordsworths and with Coleridge. It was when Dorothy and William were on their way home after visiting Clarkson that they came upon the wild daffodils massed on the lakeshore. Wordsworth was so impressed by Clarkson's anti-
The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade had as its emblem the motif of a kneeling slave in chains surrounded by the words “Am I not a man and a brother?” This motif was reproduced on medallions which became the 'wrist band' of the day and were distributed by Clarkson all over the country (the historian Simon Schama says: “by the box load”). These Slave Medallions were seen as instrumental in the ultimate swing of popular feeling against slavery.
by Janet Wedgwood, resident of Pooley Bridge
To Thomas Clarkson
CLARKSON! it was an obstinate hill to climb:
Is known; by none, perhaps, so feelingly:
But thou, who, starting in thy fervent prime,
Didst first lead forth that enterprise sublime,
Hast heard the constant Voice its charge repeat,
Which, out of thy young heart's oracular seat,
First roused thee.-
Duty's intrepid liegeman, see, the palm
Is won, and by all Nations shall be worn!
And thou henceforth wilt have a good man's calm,
A great man's happiness; thy zeal shall find
Repose at length, firm friend of human kind!
William Wordsworth -
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The Lake District Communities Fund
Kay and Paul Greenhalgh
Alan and Janet Wedgwood
Creating the Clarkson Memorial Plaque
The Clarkson Plaque was created by local artist James Reynolds. Jimmy has used his skills in letter-
Jimmy decided that the finished memorial plaque should be made in black material to echo that early medallion. The material he chose was pigmented slate filled with resin. He first cut the lettering on a prepared piece of slate .
You can see more of Jimmy’s work on his website .His creations are elegant, often humorous and many incorporate letter-
He then fixed the plaster cast to the slate and made a silicone mould of the whole unit.
He then made a plaster mould of the clay model and cast the figure in plaster, destroying the mould in the process
He then modelled the slave in clay,
The Anti Slavery Society Convention 1840, by Benjamin Robert Haydon -
Heroes of the Slave Trade Abolition by unknown artist. NPG D9338 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Inauguration of the Clarkson Memorial, Eusmere
The Clarkson Memorial was inaugurated on 21st May 2017 in the presence of members of the Clarkson family and local residents. After the inauguration Tom Clarkson, a descendant of Thomas Clarkson, gave a presentation in St. Paul’s Church, Pooley Bridge.
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