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Quaker history

Mount School, The

The Mount School was founded in 1785 in Trinity Lane. In 1831 it was established as the York Friends’ Girls’ School after a move to Castlegate, and in 1857 the school relocated to its present location on Dalton Terrace, on the outskirts of the York. Its pupils have included the daughters of many more »< Read More...

Conscientious objectors, York and

A good source of information about this subject is found in the archives at Bootham School. World War I Before WW1 between half and three-quarters of the pupils were connected with the Society of Friends in some way.  The number of boys attending the school did not reach 100 until 1918. Contrary to more »< Read More...

Barmoor

An Edwardian house in Hutton-le-Hole on the North Yorkshire moors. Built by Leeds Quakers William and Anne Marie Harvey and opened as a holiday centre for religious and educational groups in 1947. Now a self-catering country house. External Links www.barmoor.org Read More...

Seebohm – origins of the name

According to Christian Gierloff, a Norwegian economist of note and long-time friend of Seebohm Rowntree‘s, the name is a hybrid surname of Swedish-German origin (Sjöbohm), possibly going back to the 17th century. The Seebohm family were from Bad Pyrmont in Lower Saxony, and some moved to Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Seebohm is the surname of more »< Read More...

Retreat, The

The Retreat was founded in 1792 and opened in 1796 by William Tuke. It was established initially to provide a place where Quakers who were mentally ill could be treated with respect and dignity. The first buildings were designed and built 1794, and include the work of several of the foremost architects of more »< Read More...

Quakerism (The Society of Friends) in York

York has a longstanding Quaker tradition that starts with George Fox, the founder of the Society of Friends, who was thrown out of York Minster in 1651 for preaching against the established church. The Quakers shunned outward forms of ritual, sacrament, oath-taking, and formulaic prayer; their faith saw the voice of God as more »< Read More...

Quakers and Education

From its beginnings the Society of Friends always saw the importance of education, and as early as 1695, the London Yearly Meeting recommended that: ‘schools and schoolmasters who are faithful Friends, and well qualified, be placed and encouraged in all counties, cities, great towns, or places where there may be need. And that such more »< Read More...

Quakers, Rowntrees as (i.e. contribution towards Society of Friends nationally)

The Rowntrees’ life and work is informed by their Quaker faith, which is seen especially in a sense of quiet service, public responsibility, civic pride, pragmatism and trustworthiness. Joseph Rowntree (Senior) was instinctively attracted to the growing evangelical spirit amongst Quakers in the early 19th century, and found the quietist views prevalent in more »< Read More...

Quakers in the 18th – 19th century

Although in the mid 18th century Quakers had numbered around 40,000, that number had halved a century later, although the 1860s marked the beginnings of a revival. The reasons for the decline are not difficult to understand at a time when it was necessary to travel long distances for silent meetings, when there more »< Read More...

Quaker Burial Ground, Cromwell Road, Bishophill

This piece of land was purchased in 1667 and used as the first burial ground in York for Quakers. John Woolman (friend of Benjamin Franklin and early advocate of the abolition of slavery) is buried there, as are some of the Tukes, and Lindley Murray, the grammarian. Now a serene garden with lime more »< Read More...