John Fothergill (1712-1780) an eminent physician of Quaker parentage. In 1762 he founded his botanic garden on the estate of Ham House, which today we know as West Ham Park. He was an opponent of slavery and had an influence on the abolition of the slave trade.
Samuel Gurney (1766-1856) was a Quaker, a banker and a philanthropist. Supported by his sister Elizabeth Fry and his brother-in-law Thomas Foxwell Buxton, he worked for the abolition of Slavery. He married Elizabeth Sheppard of Ham House in Upton Lane, were he lived from 1812 until his death.
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