History of Airton Quaker Meeting

The Meeting HouseThe Meeting House is a historic and atmospheric place.  Originally an early seventeenth century stone built thatched barn, it was purchased in 1700 by William and Alice Ellis, a Quaker couple from the village, from John Lambert, son of Cromwell’s Major General John Lambert.

the door to the Meeting House
the door to the Meeting House

The old barn had been in use for Quaker Meetings for fifty years by then.  Adjoining the Meeting House there was a stable and following William’s death Alice replaced it with a cottage and built a barn and stable behind it.  These are the buildings we see and use today.  The first written evidence of a Meeting held here is from the 1650’s, but it was already an established group who were described.

Airton Meeting House
Airton Meeting House

The current group of Friends have carried out a successful and sensitive refurbishment of the fabric of the buildings, which are now in good heart and still used by the local Quaker Meeting.

For more about Quakers in general, see About Quakers.

The following leaflet is available in the Meeting House to take away:

Brief Historical Notes on the Airton Meeting House

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