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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

Swarthmoor Hall is known as the cradle of Quakerism. In 1652, Judge Thomas Fell and his wife Margaret provided protection and hospitality for early Quakers, notably George Fox, one of the founders of Quakerism. The Hall became 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?

The hall is closed for the winter reopening on 11 February 2019

The Barn Café is currently open Thursdays to Sundays: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm.


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