Jordans, Friends' Meeting House
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Outside the Meeting House is a burial ground, containing a headstone to William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania in America, and his two wives. The headstone is not original, it was erected in 1862 in the approximate location of Penn's original grave site. Nearby is a monument to Thomas Elwood, a friend of John Milton, who found Milton's Cottage in Chalfont St Giles for the poet.
In the days before religious toleration became at least somewhat more normal, dissenters such as Quakers were not allowed to build gathering places, so they met at each others' houses. One such gathering place was Jordans Farm, owned by Thomas Russell. In 1671 Thomas's grandson, William sold a small plot of land to Thomas Elwood to create a burial ground.
In 1687 Charles II proclaimed the Declaration of Indulgence, prohibiting overt persecution of Quakers. Jordans and over 100 other locations immediately applied for permission to build a new meeting house. A 4-acre plot beside the burial ground was purchased in early 1688, and by September the Meeting House was complete and ready to receive worshippers.
About Jordans, Friends' Meeting House
Address: Welders Lane, Jordans, Buckinghamshire, England, HP9 2SN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Website: Jordans, Friends' Meeting House
Phone: +44 (0)1494 876594
Photo Credit: Mark Percy, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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