Commemorating the abolition of slavery: The Buxton Memorial, London, UK

London, UK, images; statues and memorials

The Buxton Memorial, 1 Millbank, London SWP 3JU (Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster)

The Buxton Memorial, Victoria Tower Gardens, London, UK
The Buxton Memorial, Victoria Tower Gardens, London, UK

Facts about the Buxton Memorial

“The Buxton Memorial was erected to commemorate the emancipation of slaves following the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act. The memorial was donated by Charles Buxton MP in memory of his father, Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, and those associated with him in the struggle for the abolition of slavery in the British colonies.

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It was originally sited in Parliament Square, but later removed and erected in Victoria Tower Gardens in 1957 to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1807 Act abolishing the transatlantic slave trade.

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Designed by S. S. Teulon in the Gothic style, the spire is timber framed, and clad with enamelled sheet steel. Many different materials and decorative techniques are used, including grey and pink granite, limestone, grey and red sandstone, Rossi marble enamelled metalwork, wrought iron, mosaic and terracotta.

Present location of the Buxton Memorial: Victoria Tower Gardens
Present location of the Buxton Memorial: Victoria Tower Gardens

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Following extensive restoration by The Royal Parks, the Memorial was unveiled on 27th March 2007 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the passing of the 1807 Act.” – This information is from a public information point in Victoria Tower Gardens by The Royal Parks – http://www.royalparks.org.uk (external link)

More statues and memorials

Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square

The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk

The Bomber Memorial  

The Memorial Gates

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