The Buildings

The Forecourt 

Today a parking area, the crescent shaped forecourt, outside  the gate, was originally part of a turning circle providing a carriage sweep  for horse drawn carriages and hearses when Church Hill was a narrow country  lane.

The Buildings

The structure of the Meeting House remains substantially as  built in 1790, except for the removal of the gallery.  In 1974 it became a Grade II listed building  of special architectural and historic interest.

Meeting House front before we painted the shutters. Photo Neil

The building is a plain rectangle built of yellow stock brick (probably  made locally) with large sash windows having delicate glazing bars, a roof of  Welsh Slate, and a floor of wide pine boards.

The front is a restrained classical pedimented facade with mouldings;  recently matching mouldings were uncovered on the sides and restored.  The entrance, unusually wide and without  steps, was designed with funerals in mind.

Inside, note the plain white walls and wooden panelling at lower level.

Main meeting room set out for worship (c) hoylefoto@gmail.com

The interior of Quaker Meeting Houses has traditionally been simple and  austere.  The seating is a mixture of old wooden benches and more recent chairs. Some of the window panes still retain their original glass.  Note the wood  panelled inner entry doors and their unusual oval panes of glass and the low window, which allows a watcher to view the entry while also worshipping.