A Timeline of Thomas Fowell Buxton's Career

1776 - 1785 Belfield House, a palladian mansion, built in Wyke Regis. The architect was John Crunden, the owner was Isaac Buxton and his wife Sarah (Fowell)

1782 Isaac and Sarah's eldest son, Thomas Fowell Buxton Senior, married into Hanbury family. Isaac Buxton died same year

1786 Thomas Fowell Buxton Junior was born

1807 The Slave Trade abolished, but slavery as an institution continues.

1807 Thomas Fowell Buxton Junior married Hannah Gurney. Joined brewing firm later to be known as "Trueman, Hanbury and Buxton"

1814 On death of Sarah Buxton, her grandson, Thomas Fowell Buxton Junior inherited Belfield

1815 Thomas Fowell Buxton gave £100 towards the rebuilding of St Mary's Church in Weymouth.

1817 His brother Charles Buxton died in Weymouth and buried at All Saints Church Wyke Regis. He had married a local girl - Martha Henning.

1818 Thomas Fowell Buxton elected to Parliament as MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis

1820 Death of George III and re-election of Thomas Fowell Buxton to Parliament. In the same year four of his children died and family moved to Cromer in Norfolk.

1823 Thomas Fowell Buxton took over the Anti Slavery Society.

1823 Slave revolt in Demerara.

1823-1833 hard work at the Parliamentary level towards abolishing slavery.

1833 Slavery abolished in British Empire. Thomas Fowell Buxton known as the "Liberator" by his family.

1837 On losing his Parliamentary Seat, retired from politics.

1839 Thomas Fowell Buxton and his wife went to Rome and had audience with Pope Gregory XVI. The Pope also campaigned against slavery and wrote an encyclical to that end.

1840 Made "Baronet of Bellfield in the County of Dorset and of Runton in the County of Norfolk"

1845 Died at his home Northrepps Hall, Norfolk aged 59 years old.