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The Hall

Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th century country house set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland. Visitors comment on its sense of place – of the people who have lived here, its tranquillity and beauty.

Swarthmoor Hall has a special story to tell, one which has particular significance for Quakers. A local writer recently said of the Hall:

"The fictional dramas of Downton Abbey seem relatively tame to the actual events in Swarthmoor Hall’s history. The birthplace of the Quaker movement has all the elements of a great screenplay: love, conflict, conviction and passion."
-Jo Davies, Editor, North-West Evening Mail

It is known as the cradle of Quakerism because in the mid-17th century Judge Thomas Fell and his wife Margaret provided protection and hospitality for early Quakers, notably George Fox (its founding father) and allowed the Hall to be a headquarters for the movement.


There are six historic rooms to view. They house a fine selection of 17th century furniture as well as items associated with early Quaker history.

Why not come and find out more?...

To visit the historic rooms of the old hall, come during our opening hours:

After your tour, have lunch or a cup of tea in the Barn Cafe (open every day from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm).


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