Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston
Swarthmoor Hall is just outside the small, lively market town of Ulverston, in the southern part of the Lake District. Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th century country house set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland. Visitors comment on its sense of place – of the people who have lived here, its tranquillity and beauty.
It has a special story to tell, one which has particular significance for Quakers. A local writer recently said of the Hall: "The fictional dramas of Downton Abbey seem relatively tame to the actual events in Swarthmoor Hall's history. The birthplace of the Quaker movement has all the elements of a great screenplay: love, conflict, conviction and passion."
It is known as the cradly of Quakerism because in the mid-17th century Judge Thomas Fell and his wife Margaret provided protection and hospitality for early Quakers, notably George Fox (its founding father) and allowed the Hall to be a headquarters for the movement.
There are six historic rooms to view, and after your tour you can have lunch or a cup of tea in the Barn Cafe.
The historic, peaceful and beautiful setting of the Hall provides a very special environment whatever the weather. You can also experience a stay, with their beautiful and comfortable accomodation open throughout the year except Christmas and New Year.
Swarthmoor Hall Ln, Ulverston LA12 0JQ, UK
Phone: 01229 583204
This gem was kindly contributed by Jeanette Edgar from Kendal