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Gildersome Quaker Meeting House (Leeds)

Address: Quaker Meeting House 75 Street Lane Gildersome, Morley LEEDS West Yorkshire LS27 7HX See Map
Meeting Times: Sunday 10:45

Location OS grid ref: SE 242289


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Description of the Place:
Gildersome is a small friendly meeting. We are housed in a 250 year old Grade II listed building conveniently situated between Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford. The impressive rockery garden is a distinctive feature which helps create a restful atmosphere. Our quiet worship can often reach a profound and refreshing silence. A warm welcome is enjoyed by all who visit our historic and much loved Meeting House. If you are interested in joining with us, you can attend on any Sunday at 10:45am. Sunday worship lasts for one hour and is followed by tea/coffee and good conversation! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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History of the place:
250 year old Grade II listed
There is a reference to a meeting house at "The Nooks"
Sourced Item:
The first Friends in Gildersome were convinced in the early 1660s and formed part of Leeds Meeting. They included Thomas Benson, a clothier, and his wife Grace Scott, and Michael Pratt, who was amongst those imprisoned in York Castle in January 1661 for failing to take the oath of allegiance. Meetings for worship for local Friends began to be held in Gildersome twice a month from 1705 onwards. Land for building a Meeting House in the town was purchased from Joseph and Susanna Dickinson in 1709, and the following year, an independent Preparative Meeting was established (within Brighouse Monthly Meeting). The trustees of the Meeting House (and hence some of the new Meeting's leading Friends) were Samuel and William Dickinson, Thomas Benson jnr. and John Thackerah, all of Gildersome, and Robert Arthington of Farnley. In 1756 a new Meeting House, with a burial ground, was built on land acquired from John Reyner, and this is still in use by the Meeting today. Gildersome Meeting was also responsible for burial grounds at Hare Park Lane (originally a private ground of the Bartlett family), and in Morley. The Meeting was in decline from 1820 onwards; from 1830, joint Preparative Meetings were held for men and women, and a standing committee appointed by Brighouse Monthly Meeting to visit the Meeting. The Preparative Meeting was finally discontinued in 1835, with local Friends joining Leeds Meeting. Meetings for worship however continue in Gildersome to the present day.

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