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Quaker Meeting House, Pardshaw


The Pardshaw Quaker Meeting House complex is located in the hamlet of Pardshaw Hall, about ½ mile north-east of the of the village of Pardshaw in Cumbria. It is situated by Pardshaw Craggs, where Quakers held open-air gatherings before a meeting house was built in 1672. The present L-plan meeting house was built in 1729. The stable block was added in 1731 and the schoolroom in 1745. During the 20th century, the meeting house declined and closed in 1923. Then, in 1932 it was adapted for use as a youth hostel, and during the Second World War as it was used by Young Friends. From the 1950s the buildings were used as a Quaker holiday centre, then later as the Young Friends National Pardshaw Centre. Electricity was installed in 1978!. Today, weekly meetings for worship are held here and the Pardshaw Development Group are developing the meeting room. The complex, including the meeting house, former stable, schoolroom and burial ground is Grade II* listed on the National Heritage List for England.

Pardshaw Young Friends' Centre was located within the historic Pardshaw Friends Meeting House complex, near Cockermouth in Cumbria, England. The centre provided basic accommodation and facilities for groups connected with the Religious Society of Friends and was primarily aimed at young adult Friends, known within Britain Yearly Meeting as Young Friends.

Young Friends began their association with the meeting house in the 1970s. They contributed to the maintenance of the building in annual work camps, a tradition which was still extant as of 2018. The large meeting room in the meeting house became a large very simple bunkhouse with cooking, sleeping and common room space; a shower and washing facilities were subsequently built by Young Friends in the adjacent stable block and a flush WC built at the end of the schoolroom block some time in the 1980s.

In around 2007-2008 Young Friends' General Meeting laid down the Young Friends. Pardshaw Centre as an active concern, and administration of the facility passed to a small group of Friends in the local meeting continuing to offer the same very basic facilities to a broadly similar target area of users.

In the fourth month of 2018 after a Threshing Meeting held at Pardshaw Meeting House, a small group, The Pardshaw Development Group was established to develop and carry forward a vision for the Pardshaw Meeting House.

Links and references

Report in The Friend on future of Pardshaw Meeting House https://thefriend.org/article/future-of-pardshaw-meeting-house

Minutes of YFGM from the tenth month 2008 laying down Pardshaw as an active concern : http://yfgm.quaker.org.uk

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Friends Meeting House, Pardshaw Hall

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Pardshaw Meeting History
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Pardshaw Meeting
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Pardshaw Quaker Centre
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List number: 1326883
List grade: 2*
Post code: CA13 0SP
County: Cumbria
Grid ref: NY1037825463

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