Record Details

NHER Number:15979
Type of record:Building
Name:Former Quaker Meeting House


The Quakers purchased this building in 1707 but it now operates as a private dwelling. The exterior is of 17th century date, but the stone doorway dates to 1903 and other later additions have been made. Inside, there is very fine panelling and plaster ceilings along with stone and marble fireplaces said to come from Keddleston Hall, Derbyshire and Framlingham Grange. A number of gravestones exist in the grounds of the property, a rare occurrence in an era when there were prohibitions about gravestones outside churchyards.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 2097 9526
Map Sheet:TM29NW

Full description

Stated in alternate sources to be mid 17th century, or of 1707.
Restored in 1903.
Located from 1st edition 1in Ordnance Survey 1836.
E. Rose (NAU) 28 March 1980.

1980, 4 September. Visit by E. Rose (NAU).
Building was in fact purchased by Quakers 1707, but there had been a Quaker meeting in the parish since the mid 17th century. Now a private house. Owners state there are 'Tudor bricks' but all visible work is of around 1700. Building must have been new or rebuilt when purchased. Stone doorway of 1903, and later additions. Very fine panelling and plaster ceilings. Some gravestones - owners state that one is of 1711 and that Royal Commission of Historic Monuments told them this was rare because of an ordinance about gravestones outside parish churchyards in force at that time.
E. Rose (NAU) 4 September 1980.

Reference (S1) states that there are stone and marble fireplaces said to come from Keddleston Hall, Derbyshire and Framlingham Grange.
E. Rose (NLA) 6 January 1995.

Press cuttings (S1) and (S2) in file.
E. Rose (NLA).

June 2002. NAU watching brief.
On swimming pool within premises.
No finds or features of archaeological interest.
J. Allen (NLA) 15 July 2002.

See (S3) for more details.
M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 29 November 2012.

Monument Types

  • FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (Post Medieval to Modern - 1707 AD to 2050 AD)
  • MEETING HALL (Post Medieval to Modern - 1707 AD to 2050 AD)
  • NONCONFORMIST CHAPEL (Post Medieval to Modern - 1707 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds

  • GRAVESTONE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Photograph: M. Langham-Lopez. 2013. Photographic Recording by M. Langham-Lopez at Former Quaker Meeting House, April 2013.. Digital (JPEG).
<S1>Photograph: Eastern Daily Press. 19. Eastern Daily Press. 2 October.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995. Eastern Daily Press. January.
<S3>Monograph: Stell, C.. 2002. Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-houses in Eastern England. pp.269.

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