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JORDANS EVENTS 2018

 

25 June to 30 July

Penn300

William Penn's legacy

300 years on. 

 

Penn Exhibition: Tuesday to Sunday

 

 

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Tea with the Penns, Poster

Tea with the Penns, Recipes

Nigel Pascoe Poster

Concert of Words & Music

 

VISITORS WELCOME

We are open, 2pm to 5pm,

Tuesday to Sunday and

Bank Holiday Mondays.  

From 30th March to 31st October

Please Book for Group Visits

HISTORY

Simon Jenkins, in England’s Thousand Best Churches, describes Jordans Meeting House as ‘the Quaker Westminster Abbey’. Built in three months in the autumn of 1688, Jordans is one of the first Quaker meeting houses built after James II issued his Declaration of Indulgence in 1687, which allowed Quaker and other non-conformist groups to worship lawfully for the first time.

 

The Meeting House has several important historical associations: it is the burial place of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, his first wife, Guilielma, his second wife, Hannah, and nine of his children. Other early Quakers who worshipped here and are buried in the grounds include Isaac Penington and his wife Mary Springett, Thomas Ellwood (poet and friend of John Bunyan and John Milton) and Joseph Rule.

 

Although the oak-beamed roof of the Meeting House was largely destroyed  in the fire of 2005, the interiror of the Meeting Room - the original wooden panelling, the brick floor and most of the leaded windows - survived intact. And the tranquil atmosphere of the place has, thankfully, been restored.

 

In recent years, Jordans has supported the development of the Quakers in The World web portal - a unique initiative that seeks to interpret the Quaker movement to the modern world through the lens of Quaker actions over the past three centruies. This ongoing project welcomes contributions from Quakers anywhere in the world.

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