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Alton Local Quaker Meeting

Friends Meeting House
39 Church Street
Hampshire GU34 2DA

Days and times of Meetings for Worship

Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at the Meeting House starting at 10.15 am, and is also held on Zoom at the same time. The two Meetings will be 'blended'(linked) on the second and fourth Sunday each month. All are welcome to join either meeting. The link for the Zoom Meeting is available by contacting the Clerk at

Petersfield Worshipping Group

Due to Covid restrictions it is currently not possible to have our Meeting for Worship at Petersfield but those wishing to attend Meeting are welcome to join the Meeting for Worship arranged by Alton Meeting using Zoom, at 10.15 am on Sundays. The link for that Meeting is available from the Clerk of Alton Meeting at geoff@geoffpilliner.plus.com

Details are here.

About Us

Quakers have met at Alton Meeting House since 1672. Today we're a fairly small but lively bunch of people, typically about 20 to 25 meeting each Sunday, with an active group of youngsters.

We regularly run discussion groups and other activities.

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Our beautiful old Meeting House is welcoming and quiet, and our adjacent burial ground and garden is very pleasant, too.
Several local groups hire the Meeting House regularly, and Alton Counselling Service is based in our upstairs gallery area.


Alton is in the north-east corner of Hampshire, about 12 miles south of Basingstoke. The Quaker Meeting House is very near the town centre, just beyond St Lawrence's church.

Several car parks are nearby (and there are two disabled parking bays outside the Meeting House).

The railway station is about half a mile away, and Alton is served by bus services from several local towns.

Please contact us for advice if you have limited mobility or need further information about finding us.

A little history

Alton Friends Meeting House is the second-oldest purpose-built Meeting House in the world that is still in use. It was built in Church Street in 1672 at a cost of £204.

Since then there have been a few alterations – for example a new floor was laid in 1730, and a cottage added to the end of the building in 1832.

We have added a few modern things, like a kitchen, toilets, electricity and heating! However, very recently we've improved things further with the installation of a toilet for disabled people, a 'Reading Room' which houses our small library, and we've renovated other parts that were in much need of it.

Next to the peaceful and characterful meeting house is an area of grass and trees. This is an active Quaker burial ground, in which there are about 20 gravestones, laid down and surrounded by grass. Most of the graves are not now marked in any way. They were originally, and the stones have been moved to the boundard wall. These are now hidden by the hedge around the burial ground.

This page was updated on 9 March 2021.