Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1st Baronet (7 April 1786 – 19 February 1845) who lived here was an English Member of Parliament, brewer, abolitionist and social reformer.
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Buxton was born at Castle Hedingham, Essex, England. His father was also named Thomas Fowell Buxton. His mother's maiden name was Anna Hanbury. She was a Quaker (member of the Religious Society of Friends). Through the influence of his mother, Buxton became a close friend of Joseph John Gurney and his sister, Elizabeth Fry, who were both prominent Quakers.