audio by title black history fact of the day 8
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In 1818 Nathaniel Wells became the Sheriff of Monmouthshire. Son of a slave and a St Kitts planter, Wells was a big landowner and probably the wealthiest black person in Britain of the time. Wells was active in the public life of the county and previously served as a a justice of the peace becoming the Deputy Lieutenant. He engaged in the typical pursuits of country gentlemen and was on the committee of the Chepstow Hunt. His Piercefield estate purchased for the considerable sum of #90,000 was well known for its scenic walks.