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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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  • staying for 1 day in area, on heritage open weekend, BUT didn't open until 1:00pm! so turned round and drove elsewhere. 
  • Serene quiet spiritual place.very informative audio trying on clothes.great cakes in cafe.came away feeling at one with the world 
  • Visited for lunch and cream tea while on holiday in the area. A really beautiful find in a really tranquill setting away from everything. The most delicious selection of cakes ive seen in a cafe for a...  read more »
  • A 16th century country house, set in beautiful gardens. Bedrooms are modern, comfortable and well decorated. Staff were welcoming, and very helpful.
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