Samuel Dicker

???? - 1760


Returnee from Jamaica and MP for Plymouth 1754-1760. From a Devon wool-trading family. Builder of the first bridge across the Thames at Walton in Surrey, which he left with his Jamaica estates to his great-nephew Michael Dicker Sanders (q.v.). He left his wife Elizabeth an annuity of £600 p.a. It is not clear how his Jamaica inventory, which showed 13 enslaved people, is consistent with his ownership of the estate of Morgan's Valley.

  1. Will of Samuel Dicker of Walton-upon-Thames Surrey [made in 1759] proved 09/01/1760.

  2. Samuel Dicker of Britain, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1762. Slave-ownership at probate: 13 of whom 8 were listed as male and 5 as female. 2 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £58826.54 Jamaican currency of which £695 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £56288.54 currency debts and £0 currency plate.


  1. PROB 11/852/151.

  2. Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

Further Information


Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1741 [EA] - → Guardian
1773 [EA] - 1779 [LA] → Previous owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Old Walton Bridge by Canaletto, commissioned by Samuel Dicker 1755, now at the Yale Center for British Art. The earlier A View of Walton Bridge by Canaletto, painted c. 1754 for Thomas Hollis,... 
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Physical (2)

Walton on Thames Bridge [Built] 
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Built the first bridge at Walton-on-Thames as a toll-bridge. He secured an Act of Parliament in 1747 and the bridge was built of wood between 1748 and 1750. It was painted by Canaletto c. 1754....
Country house
Mount Felix [Purchased] 
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Large house and estate at Walton-on-Thames Surrey purchased by Samuel Dicker. The house was rebuilt by Charles Barry for the Earl of Tankerville c. 1836 and demolished in1966/1967....

Political (1)

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Plymouth Devon
1754 - 1760

Relationships (3)

Great-uncle → Great-nephew
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Michael Dicker Sanders was also the main heir of his...
Husband → Wife
Other relatives
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Great niece and great-uncle...

Addresses (1)

Mount Felix, Walton on Thames, Surrey, South-east England, England

Inventories (1)