|Come-to-Good in Cornwall with stable at side|
In Britain Yearly Meeting one of the most striking things about Quaker meeting houses is their variety. Some meetings do not have their own building but gather instead in members' houses or in hired rooms. This may be a decision reached because of lack of numbers, local circumstances or as a witness to simplicity. After all, when Quakerism began this was the way in which local meetings started out.
|Manchester Mount Street|
The earliest meeting houses, from the 17th and early 18th centuries,
|Slough - a modern meeting house|
|Wimbledon - once a house|
|Barnstaple - once a shop|
|The new meeting house in Newcastle - once a Masonic hall!|
|Slough meeting room|
|Reading meeting room - camping out!|
|Skipton meeting room|
If you want to get a fuller impression of the variety of meeting houses in the British Isles may I recommend John Hall's photostream of Quaker Meeting Houses on Flickr from which all the illustrations for this post are taken.