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TitleSociety of Friends/Quakers: Swarthmore Monthly Meeting
DescriptionRecords transferred directly from the local meeting houses, plus earlier records from Friends House, London.
Swarthmore Monthly Meeting minute books (4) 1668-1789; Swarthmore Women's Monthly Meeting minute books (4) 1671-1798; Hawkshead Preparative Meeting minutes (2) 1699/1700-1787; Hawkshead Preparative Meeting minutes (2) 1699-1756; Swarthmore Women's Preparative Meeting minutes composite rebound out of order 1712-1754; Height-in-Cartmel Preparative Meeting minutes (3) 1725-1797. File: folders of flattened items re Swarthmore Monthly Meeting.

Additional minute books, etc., relating to the Swarthmore Particular Meeting, the Colthouse Preparative Meeting and the Height & Cartmel Preparative Meeting, 18C. -20C. List of charitable trusts within the care of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting, etc.


The collection EXCLUDES the following Quaker registers, which are held on microfilm (3 reels, originals under ref. RG6 at Family Records Centre, London/National Archives, Kew).

Swarthmoor 1646-1775;
Hawkshead (Colthouse) 1652-1784
Height-in-Cartmel 1650-1780;
"Langdale/Swarthmoor" (?) 1652-1775
Swarthmoor Monthly Meeting, births 1776-1837; marriages 1776-1837; burials 1776-1837.

Hawkshead preparative Meeting, births 1652-1784; marriages 1659-1763; burials 1665-1784.
Datecirca 1650s-1990s
Access conditionsRecords closed for 75 years after the last date within the record. Apply to the clerk for permission to access the records affected by this closure
ContextThe Religious Society of Friends has, as its smallest unit of organisation, the Preparative Meeting. Members hold meetings for worship, every "First Day of the Week," with further meetings on appointed weekdays. In the early days, they met generally in the houses of individual members, but purpose-built meeting houses were legalised in 1689. Representatives from local Preparative Meetings met regularly at the Monthly Meeting. In addition, representatives from the various Monthly Meetings would meet four times a year, to form the Quarterly Meeting, which was generally organised by county. At a national level, representatives of the various Quarterly Meetings met at the Yearly Meeting. Swarthmore Monthly Meeting originally included the Preparative Meetings of Height (meeting house built in 1677, closed 1910, sold 1922); Colthouse (meeting house built 1688) and Swarthmoor (meeting house built 1688). Cartmel meeting house was added in 1859. A "mission meeting" under the aegis of Swarthmore Preparative Meeting was established in Ulverston in 1862; this acquired premises in New Church Lane in 1886, which were eventually disposed of in 1973. Ambleside Preparative Meeting was settled in 1957; the present premises were rented in 1964, and purchased in 1973. The meeting house at Rookhow was built in 1725, solely to accommodate the monthly meetings. The ancient burial ground at Sunbrick, to the South of Swarthmoor, was first used in 1648; (the first Quaker burial was in 1654). Until 1804, the Swarthmore Monthly Meeting was part of the Lancashire Quarterly Meeting. However, in that year, Swarthmore Monthly Meeting joined the Westmorland Quarterly Meeting, for convenience.
ArrangementBoxes 1-3: Monthly Meeting minutes. Box 4: Women's Meeting minutes and records of births, marriages and burials. Burial notes Height (Cartmel) 1833-1964 Box 5: Records of burials. Account books 1675-1975 Boxes 6 and 7: Accounts and trust records. Box 8: Records of membership. Box 9: Miscellaneous records. Some yearly meeting minutes + 1703-1832 (ms copies) Boxes 10 and 11: Yearly and Quarterly Meeting records. Boxes 12 and 13: Colthouse Preparative Meeting records. Minute books 1798-1976 Box 14: Height and Cartmel Preparative Meeting records. Box 15: Swarthmoor Preparative Meeting records. Box 16: Swarthmoor Monthly Meeting records. Box 17: Colthouse (Hawkshead); Height and Cartmel; and Swarthmoor Preparative Meeting records.
Catalogue levelFonds
Subject termsReligious Society of Friends
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