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Bill Samuel, August 4, 2002
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Quaker Tour of England, Page 1 of 22
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The fourth Quaker Tour of England with John Punshon, sponsored by Earlham School of Religion, was held June 15-30, 1998. The information below was drafted by participant Lincoln Cory and edited by Bill Samuel. Most of the links are to material prepared by participant Bill Samuel, including photographs of and information about sites visited. But you should note that the material was mostly not independently researched by Bill Samuel, but rather summarizes information received during the Tour from John Punshon and a host of local people the Tour arranged to speak to us.

The Quaker Tour minisite is designed to allow you to see the highlights of the Tour, in the order in which they are seen on the Tour, by clicking on the Next icon on each page after you have looked at it. At the bottom of each page there is also a navigational tool to enable you to go directly to any other Tour page. Have a great virtual tour!

If you are interested in taking the real tour, see the ESR England Tour page.

A Little About Quaker Landmarks

  • Bunhill Fields (orig. Bonehill) - graves of George Fox and other Quakers.
  • Fenny Drayton - birthplace of George Fox; a marker remains
  • Woodbrooke - Quaker study center; Pendle Hill in Pennsylvania was modeled after
  • Swarthmoor Hall - Home of Margaret and Judge Fell. George Fox came as a visitor. Growth of Quakerism was encouraged. After the death of Judge Fell, George Fox married Margaret.
  • Pendle Hill - "great hill" where George Fox had vision of "a great people to be gathered."
  • Firbank Fell - hill where George Fox spoke to about 1,000 people below for about 3 hours.
  • Earlham Hall - Gurney family home.

Meeting Houses and Churches

* Yes, I know this is not a meeting or church, but it seemed to fit better here than anywhere else.

Something About the Places Visited

  • London - about 7 million people live in Greater London, of about 58 million in Great Britain.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace
  • Coventry - Cathedral bombed in WWII. Many weapons plants in area in 1940's.
  • Ironbridge - birthplace of Industrial Revolution - Quaker ironmaster
  • Birmingham - industrial city with many canals
  • Lancaster - Home of Lancaster Castle, where some Friends were imprisoned, and base for our trips to 1652 country
  • York - 13th and 14th century walls for walking, York Minster (cathedral), main office for Clark shoes.
  • Norwich (pronounced Nor-ich) - Home town of Gurneys; also was home of Julian of Norwich.
  • Suggested Readings

    1. Quakers in Brief: Overview of the Quaker movement from 1650 to 1990, David M. Murray-Rust - 50 pages of Quaker history
    2. The Birthplace of Quakerism (1652 Country), E.V. Foulds, Quaker Home Service, London.
    3. Portrait in Grey, John Punshon, Quaker Home Service, London.

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    Another Quaker Tour Site

    If you enjoy this site, you'll probably also enjoy An attender in Quaker country, a photo essay on a walking tour by Dai Williams in a part of the historic Quaker area in England.

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    12. Cartmel
    2. Bunhill Fields/Bunhill Meeting
    13. Swarthmoor Hall and Meeting
    3. Jordans Meeting/Barn/Farmhouse
    14. Quaker Tapestry Exhibition at Kendal
    4. Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
    15. Lancaster Castle
    5. Fenny Drayton
    16. Brigflatts Meeting
    6. Mancetter Parish Church
    17. Firbank Fell
    7. Hartshill Meeting
    18. York
    8. Coventry Cathedral
    19. The Retreat Mental Hospital
    9. Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale
    20. Norwich
    10. Crawshawbooth Meeting
    21. Earlham Hall
    11. Pendle Hill
    22. Reflections After the Tour

    Posted October 11, 2008

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