The Pendle Hill Area Meeting consists of 7 Local Quaker Meetings. These are:- Blackburn, Bolton, Chorley, Crawshawbooth, Marsden, Rochdale and Sawley.
The North West of England is the birthplace of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and is sometimes known as “1652 country”.
Quakers have been active in Lancashire since the 1650’s.
George Fox, a leading Quaker preacher climbed Pendle Hill (overlooking Sawley Meeting House) and realised he had a message for the world:
“I saw the Lancashire sea; and there atop of the hill I was moved to sound the day of the Lord; and the Lord let me see atop of the hill in what places He had a great people to be gathered.”
Quakers built their Meeting Houses in quiet places to avoid persecution. Most of our historic houses date from the 18th century, plain and simply furnished.
You can enjoy visiting their gardens, often a graveyard and sharing a wonderful peaceful atmosphere.