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Quaker burial grounds

17 February 2020
7:30 pm

 

 

Quaker burial grounds – a┬átalk by Chris Skidmore

From the earliest times in the 1650’s, Quakes chose to bury their dead other than in parish graveyards. Land was usually enclosed by a wall and was often given by sympathetic landowners or, in towns purchased by Quaker members. With the decline in Quakerism especially in the countryside, they often remain, overgrown, a walled copse surrounded by farmland, as with that at Bickerstaffe. In my lecture I will describe the history of Quaker burial practices over the past 350 years using a number of specific examples from the north of England.