Here is the photograph of number 25, High Street, Hull, the home of the merchant, Robert Wilberforce. It was here that his only son, William, was born on 24 August 1759. It is the elegant and genteel house of an affluent merchant and in itself conveys some fascinating social history. There was no clear distinction between a merchant and a gentleman. It was also a working home. The counting house was situated to the left of the grand entrance and the garden led down to the family staith (landing stage) on the Humber River.