Quakers and their Meeting Houses

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Quakers and their Meeting Houses

2021

October 15th, 2021

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This book provides a fascinating account of the architecture and historical development of the Quaker meeting house from the foundation of the movement to the twenty-first century. The Quaker meeting house is a distinctive building type used as a place of worship by members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Starting with buildings of the late-seventeenth century, the book maps how the changing beliefs and practices of Quakers over the last 350 years have affected the architecture of the meeting house. The buildings considered are illustrated, predominantly in colour, and are from England, Scotland and Wales, with some consideration of colonial American examples. The book commences with an introduction which provides an accessible account of the early history of Quakerism and it concludes with a consideration of whether there is a Quaker architectural style and of what it might consist.

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Chris Skidmore is a retired university lecturer who has been a member of the Religious Society of Friends for more than thirty years. His interest in Nonconformist architecture and history has grown over that time: he has been for the last 13 years the Hon. Editor of The Chapels Society. Despite long experience as an editor and publisher, this is his first book as an author.