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Romford Quakers

7 Balgores Crescent, Gidea Park, RM2 6AB

 

About Quakers

 

The Quaker movement was started by George Fox in 1654.  He was a revolutionary thinker who was convinced that the ordinary man or woman had direct access to "the light within" and needed no intermediaries in the form of priests or ministers to access "that of God in everyman".  This stance, and the way of life that his followers adopted led to much persecution and suffering in the early days of the movement.

Today, Quakers are to be found around the world, and meetings have been held in the Havering area since the 1930's, although it was not until 1944 that the first Meeting House was purchased, originally in Victoria Road, Romford.  The present Meeting House in Gidea Park was opened in 1961.  A pleasant building standing in its own grounds, is used by various groups in the community, and also available for hire.

 

Local History

"THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS (QUAKERS) IN HAVERING" by Ian Hutchings which gives a detailed history of Quakers in general and in Havering.
This is available to download as a pdf document - click here