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He began by making the point that movements arise out of the conditions of their time, and that in the case of Quakerism the catalysts were the Civil War and arguments about secular and religious authority.

David narrated how in 1652 George Fox felt compelled to travel to Westmorland to seek out groups of seekers who were rebelling against Calvinist theology, and looking for new ways of being Christian.

Whilst working there he met the architect Dan Gibson and the two subsequently worked together at Brockhole.

Mr Gaddum, the owner, was a keen photographer and made a record of the building of the house and the landscaping of the garden.

Therefore George Foxs opposition to the clergy and religious hierarchies provided an attractive option.

Beginning at the top end of Dentdale, and initially passed on from group to group, Fox made his way around the area.

When he was fourteen his father bought a property at Langber End to set up a nursery and fruit farm and Thomas was needed to help.

Isaac and his wife Rosa lived in Oak Street and Heathwaite was built for other members of the Mawson family.

Tess Satchell welcomed us to Briggflats and showed us some of the archives which are still held there.

These included a Book of Sufferings which recorded the persecution that was experienced by early Westmorland Quakers.

On a lovely July evening Briggflats Meeting House was the venue for the final summer meeting..

It was particularly appropriate to sit in a place so steeped in Quaker history to hear about the local origins of the movement.

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