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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  • August 21, 2017
    An interesting visit to this house which has an important place in Quaker history. Good audio tour and pleasant gardems  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    There is no bar, there is no restaurant , there are no cooked breakfasts unless you boil or poach an egg or 2 from the £7.50 pp breakfast box, there is no smoking throughout the grounds, it is too dan...  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    You really need to be sure this is the right place - a superior room with seating area would just be a standard room anywhere else, no tv in room - not great when your traveling alone on business! You...  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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