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Swarthmoor Hall // Ulverston

Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston
Swarthmoor Hall

Beautifully positioned in the countryside and with a rich history of the Quaker movement.

Set amidst the natural beauty of the Lake District near Ulverston sits Grade II listed Swarthmoor Hall, a beautiful Quaker retreat centre that also has a rich historical past.

Its position within the Cumbrian Fells and 130 acres of farmland makes it the ideal location for silence, reflection and spiritual learning,

Built in 1586 by local land owner George Fell, Swarthmoor Hall was inherited by his son Thomas who then, with the encouragement of his wife Margret, allowed George Fox, the founder of the Religious Society of Friends to use the building as the base for his Quakerism activities which spread throughout the country during this era. Margaret Fell was often referred to as the "Mother of Quakerism" and regularly welcomed many people into her home.

Swarthmoor Hall still remains as an important Quaker location to this day, welcoming people from all over the world and runs a programme of retreats and courses. 

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