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Farfield Meeting House

Published on: Published on: Sunday 07 Apr 2019

Contributed by/From: Contributed by / From: Arthur Pritchard

When: @ Where: Farfield Meeting House

There will be a eeting for Worship held at Farfield meeting house this summer to which all are most welcome to come to.

Please see Farfield Web page or full details including when there are meetings, the page can be found by clicking the link on the address above OR the link at the bottom of the page.

More on the meeting House

In 2018, Farfield Meeting House in Addingham was chosen by Historic England to be one of 100 most historically significant buildings or places in the country. In the ‘Faith and Belief’ section, Farfield was chosen along with such buildings as Lindisfarne, Fountains Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral. Its significance lies in the fact that it was built in 1689, the year of the Act of Toleration, and it is still as it was at the time it was built. The meeting house is owned by the Historic Chapels Trust (HCT) and a small local committee cares for it. The committee consists of four Quakers, two Anglicans (who live opposite the Meeting House) and a local architect. In order to preserve Farfield, restoration work is needed. Areas of the roof have already been repaired but it has now been decided that it would be cheaper to repair the whole roof rather than small areas at a time. There is significant woodworm infestation in parts of the original 17th century elders’ benches. There are cracks in two corners of the interior and, if enough money is raised, a damp proof course would help to further preserve the building. The outside gate is quite rotten and the window frames need painting.

Farfield is situated on the Dales Way and is visited by hundreds of walkers each year. Comments in the visitors’ book show that those who visit experience true feelings of peace, awe and tranquillity and a sense of Quaker spirituality.

The committee hopes to raise up to £25,000. So far £11,500 has come in. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Paul and Barbara Henderson at: or phone 01943 83078

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