The Gilt of Cain

I wrote on Monday on one of my favourite Secret Gardens in the City of London, Fen Court. It would be a beautiful little space in any case but is extra special due to its connections with the Abolition of Slavery.

One of the works of art has elements of a poem by Lemn Sissay which is entitled The Gilt of Cain.


The poem cleverly weaves the coded language of the stock exchange floor with references to the story of Cain and Abel in the Old Testament, and to the historic abolition campaign by William Wilberforce’s campaign. Fragments of the poem are engraved onto each column in typography used in early abolitionist literature printed near the site. The full poem is engraved on a plaque on building overlooking the court but I have put a copy below.





About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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  1. Pingback: Fen Court Garden and the Abolition of Slavery | Stephen Liddell

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