S01 Episode 01: Sir John Gay Newton Alleyne with A J Dalton
In the Falmouth Cemetery, a family grave holds Sir John Gay Newton Alleyne, 3rd Baronet of Four Hills, Barbados. The Alleyne family's sugar plantation in Barbados was maintained by the unpaid labour of African slaves. What does his story tell us about the British Empire? In the middle of the 19th century, the town of Falmouth, overwhelmed by cholera epidemics, is trying to improve the lives of its inhabitants among the Victorian initiatives for orderly lives. The old churchyard in town is too full and making people sick, they must find a new solution.