Swarthmoor Hall is a fine country house situated in Swarthmoor, near Ulverston. Built in 1652, 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. It remains in use today as a Quaker retreat house.
George Fox visited the Hall in 1652. Thomas Fell was away 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 Ulverston and at the Hall. During his time there, many people were convinced of the truth of his teachings.
For anyone interested in the birthplace Quakerism, Swarthmoor Hall is well worth a visit.