Historic England researches villages with ties to slave trade

St Nicholas Church in Deptford was listed in the Historic England report. The church has memorials of several people involved in slave trade. Image: David Lunn (Geograph) CC BY-SA 2.0

Historic England, the English public body tasked with preserving monuments and historic sites, has conducted research into villages, churches and other buildings and their historic ties to the transatlantic slave trade.

The organisation set out to find current sites and properties under their own care which participated in the transatlantic slavery economy. The concluding report, which can be found here, was made up using existing research from the past 30 years.

The transatlantic slave trade was one of the largest forced migrations of human beings across the globe and had a major effect on the history of Africa, the Americas and Europe. British slave traders have transported more African people across the Atlantic than any other nation.

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