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William Wilberforce

Wilberforce House Museum and Collections

Apart from William Wilberforce, there were several other occupants who lived at no. 25 High Street, otherwise known as Wilberforce House .

Hugh Lister commissioned 25 High Street to be built by William Catlyn around 1660 for the Lister family. It is believed that the Lister family, who were also a merchant family, acquired the plot around 1590.

In 1709 John Thornton, a fellow merchant, obtained 25 High Street. Alderman Wilberforce (Williamís grandfather) worked for John Thornton as an apprentice. In 1711 he married Thorntonís daughter, Sarah. After John died in 1729 the house passed to his son Godfrey; in 1732 Wilberforce bought 25 High Street and began making his fortune in trade.

Click here to take an interactive journey through the life of William Wilberforce.


NEW!  Wilberforce House Museum Audio Tours

Explore Wilberforce House Museum and listen to 'William Wilberforce' as he guides you around his historic former home.  To find out more and to take an audio tour, click here.


You can also watch videos of pupils from Sydney Smith School interviewing Vanessa Salter, Keeper of Wilberforce House, about the history of Wilberforce House in the separate Learning Journey: History Around Hull.   There is also a Wilberforce House factsheet to download.

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