ONE of the district’s most popular country houses has links to wealth from slavery.

The National Trust has revealed how Wallington Hall, near Cambo, is one of 93 of the properties it looks after to have links to historic slavery and colonialism.

The connections are highlighted in a report which was commissioned by the heritage and conservation charity last September, as part of efforts to tell the history of colonialism and slavery at its historic places.

It details links to plantation owners and those who were paid compensation for enslaved people freed through abolition, as well as those who gained their wealth through the slave trade.

The report states how the Trevelyans, owners of Wallington Hall, were involved in several compensation claims for slave-ownership amounting to almost £27,000 for 1,004 slaves.

Reverend John Trevelyan (1735–1828) inherited seven sugar plantations in Grenada, via his wife, Luisa Marianne Simond.

“The spectacular dish from the imperial Mughal treasury of Shah Jahan, held in the collection at Wallington, was possibly taken when the British looted the Qaisar Bagh Palace in Lucknow,” the report adds.