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Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston

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Swarthmoor Hall is a mansion in Swarthmoor, in the Furness area of Cumbria in North West England. Furness was formerly in Lancashire. It was the home of Thomas and Margaret Fell, the latter an important player in the founding of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) movement in the 17th century. The Hall is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building. It remains in use today as a Quaker retreat house.Swarthmoor Hall was built by a lawyer named George Fell about 1568. The Hall was inherited by his son Thomas, a lawyer and later member of parliament, vice chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and an influential supporter of Parliament during the English Civil War. In 1634 Thomas married Margaret Askew and she moved into the Hall.George Fox visited the Hall in 1652. Thomas Fell was travelling as a judge, but Fox had an audience with Margaret Fell, who became interested in his new doctrines. She arranged for him to preach in St Mary's Church in nearby Ulverston and at the Hall. During his time there, many people were convinced of the truth of his teachings.
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  • A stayed in a single room in April for around £53. A lovely setting with beautiful gardens to sit or walk around. Nice character & newly refurbished rooms. No breakfast on site, but kitchen area guest...  more »
  • Homely feeling all along. Elegantly decorated, modern rooms combined with medieval architecture. In the middle of an endless green land, totally disconnecting from the city. Friendly staff that makes ...  more »
  • A fascinating Hall, the birthplace of the Quaker Movement. We soaked up the atmosphere of the rooms in the Hall which are furnished with 17th century furniture. We had a tour with a guide but noticed ...  more »
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  • Relaxing and peaceful surroundings. Rooms clean and very welcoming. Breakfasts extensive. Staff friendly and welcoming.
  • Café is good quality food and very clean.
  • Very nice rooms, quiet and peaceful. Cook your own breakfast
  • Boutique feel. Like staying in a castle in the main house part
  • Quiet, peaceful, spiritual and amazing!

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