Court in Leicestershire, as well as having strong connections
with the Knights Templar, is regarded as the `cradle' of England's
Morjan, one of the first slaves to be freed in Victorian Britain,
was given his freedom by the Palmer family of Wanlip in Leicestershire.
at Our Lady and St. Nicholas Church in Wanlip records that Rasselas
Morjan was born in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), and died in 1830
at the tender age of nineteen.
An exhibition and dramatic performance about Morjan took place
in Leicester in November 2000, when a memorial service was also
held, at the graveside. The Rev Malcolm Lambert conducted the
service, and a wreath was laid by the side of Morjan's tombstone.
of the enlightened Palmer family, is still a quiet village to the
east of the Charnwood Forest, originally built around Rothley Brook.
There's plenty of history in the area, including Norman architecture
in the church and a 9th century Saxon Cross in the churchyard.
The Knights Templar used Rothley Court, which is now an hotel, and
the 13th Century chapel in the building can still be visited. Lord
Macaulay was born at the Court on 25th October 1800. He, together
with Lord Wilberforce, was to become one of the most significant
reformers working towards the abolition of slavery.