Hardcastle, Joseph

BORN 1752, Leeds, West Yorkshire - DIED 3 Mar 1819, London: Hatcham House, Deptford
GRAVE LOCATION London: Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, City Road, Finsbury

Joseph Hardcastle grew up in Leeds. When he was fifteen years old he joined his uncle's business in London. He became a merchant and moved to Hatcham House in Deptford, now part of London but at that time still a rural village. In 1877 he married Anne Corsbie and they had nine children.

The abolitionist Thomas Clarkson was a frequent visitor and he wrote part of "History of the Abolition of the Slave Trade" in Hardcastle's house and married his niece. Hardcastle organised missionary expeditions to Africa and he cooperated with William Wilberforce, another abolitionist. He was the first treasurer of the London Missionary Society.


The grave of Joseph Hardcastle at Bunhill Burial Fields, London.
Picture by Androom (20 Aug 2017)


• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Londoners, Robson Books, London, 1991
Joseph Hardcastle (1752–1819) - Wikipedia

Harden, Maximilian

Published: 22 Apr 2018
Last update: 20 May 2023