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Aylesbury's Quaker house given protected status

Aylesbury's Quaker house given protected status

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:46am 15th May 2019.

Aylesbury's Quaker meeting house now has protected status, to celebrate the historic building. 

It's one of 11 across England that have been given Grade II listed status. 

The oldest Quaker meeting house in the world still in continuous use is now Grade I listed in recognition of its exceptional historic significance.

Aylesbury's 17th-century meeting house is a hidden gem tucked away behind buildings in the historic part of the town on Rickford's Hill. 

Aylesbury's Quaker house now has protected status
Inside Aylesbury's historic building

These buildings have all been listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England and can be found on the National Heritage List for England.

The Quaker movement

Aylesbury's Quaker house given protected status

It was established in the 1600s and largely led by George Fox who turned his back on the established Christian church.

He believed that everyone can have a direct relationship with God, meaning there was no need for priests or churches.

So early on, Friends – as Quakers are known – met together for silent worship in all kinds of places, from hilltops and barns to within each other’s houses.

As the movement grew, meeting houses were built.

These important buildings express the changing practices of Quakers through history and their reception by and presence in the local community.

Quaker worship was forbidden by law until the 1689 Act of Toleration, yet some meeting houses pre-date this, indicating that there were Friends determined to openly demonstrate their faith even in the face of persecution.

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