"Making Goodness Fashionable"

"The high civilization of eighteenth century England was built on the slave trade, mass poverty, child labor, and political corruption in high places."


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.

Wilberforce took on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807
— Metaxes

Members of The Clapham Sect

  • Thomas Fowell Buxton | MP and brewer
  • William Dealtry | Rector of Clapham, mathematician
  • Edward James Eliot | parliamentarian
  • Thomas Gisborne | cleric and author
  • Charles Grant | administrator, chairman of the British East India Company
  • Katherine Hankey | evangelist
  • Zachary Macaulay | estate manager, colonial governor
  • Hannah More | writer and philanthropist
  • Granville Sharp | scholar and administrator
  • Charles Simeon | Anglican cleric, promoter of missions
  • James Stephen | Master of Chancery
  • Lord Teignmouth | Governor-General of India
  • Henry Thornton | economist, banker, philanthropist, MP for Southwark
  • Henry Venn | founder of the group
  • John Venn | Rector of Holy Trinity Church, originator of the Venn diagram
  • William Wilberforce | MP successively for Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire and Bramber, leading abolitionist
  • William Smith | MP