Friends Meeting House

Built in 1670, Hertford is the oldest Meeting House built by Friends that has remained in unbroken use.

About this church

The meeting in Hertford had started as early as 1655 (just three years after the foundation of the movement), gathering in the local butcher’s house. He purchased land to serve as the community’s burial ground and subsequently a meeting house was built on a plot belonging to another local Friend.

It is the oldest Meeting House built by Friends that has remained in unbroken use. The building’s harmonious simplicity, including reused timbers, is in keeping with Quaker testimonies of simplicity, truth, equality and peace.

George Fox himself visited the Meeting House on at least three occasions. Some damage was sustained to the house around 1683 which was repaired and in 1717 sash windows were installed, which were replaced in 1731.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

St Andrew

The origin and date of St Andrew’s is not certain but some authorities believe it is the original church of Hertford, the parish being created in 860 AD.

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