Quakers celebrated 400th birthday of Coventry co-founder - The Coventry Observer

Quakers celebrated 400th birthday of Coventry co-founder

Holly Clement 23rd Jun, 2024   0

QUAKERS have celebrated the 400th birthday of co-founder who lived in Coventry.

George Fox, born in 1624 – the times of religious and political unheaval – he gathered people who were more interested in an egalitarian form of faith.

After some time they became known as the Quakers, or friends – there are more than 400,000 worldwide today.

George moved to Coventry, meeting with priests and professors of religion – he described the place as ‘there were many tender people’.

Coming to an end when he put his foot in a priest’s flowerbed – ‘at which the man was in a rage, as if his house had been on fire.’




After this accident, George looked out the perspectives of religious dissenters instead.

The journal recounts his onward journey – both inward and outward – talking with and listening to people as he goes.


It resolves when he identifies what is still the basis of Quakerism today – the inward light of Christ as spiritual guide.

Quakers meet st 10.30 every Sunday at the Friends Meeting House on Hill Street in Coventry.

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