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Southampton Local Quaker Meeting

Friends Meeting House
1a Ordnance Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 2AZ


We are developing a new website devoted to Southampton Quakers at southampton-quakers.uk and we invite your comments.

Our Sunday Meetings for Worship are currently held online using Zoom.


We welcome all who wish to worship with us, including newcomers and those we have not seen for some time.


Full details (including Zoom link) are available on our new website at southampton-quakers.uk

This page was updated on 3 March 2021.

VIDEO OF SOUTHAMPTON QUAKERS


Local students have produced a professional-quality video about our meeting and its members.
You can view it on Youtube here.

Public Transport and Parking

Information on Buses to Southampton Quaker Meeting House is here.
Information on parking for the Southampton Quaker Meeting House is here.

Days and Times of Meetings for Worship:

Every Sunday at 10.45 a.m.
Children's Meeting on the third Sunday of the month at 10.45 a.m.


Visitors are always welcome.

Directions: On foot - 3/4 mile from Railway Station
About Us: We are an active Meeting (up to 50 people attend on Sundays) with a wide age range and a variety of interests.

Contact: our Clerk
For general enquiries about Southampton Quaker Meeting (not for bookings - see below) phone 023 8022 3758 (UNDER DEVELOPMENT).

For hiring or booking the Meeting House:
email our letting agents
or phone 023 8033 7775.


Romsey Worshipping Group

With the support of Southampton Quaker Meeting, a worshipping group now meets regularly in Romsey.
For details see here: Romsey Worshipping Group

Responsibilities within our Local Quaker Meeting

The list of members and attenders who currently hold positions within our local Southampton meeting or more widely as Southampton nominees is accessible from a new page here with the same username and password as for other pages for members and attenders. (The document has first a list of appointments with the current person fulfilling that role, and second a list of names showing which appointments those people hold.)

The provisional terms of reference and job descriptions for the committees and appointments made by Southampton Quaker Meeting are accessible from the same page as the appointees.

The new username and password for the members' and attenders' area on the renewed website have been circulated or you can ask the web administrators

Expenses

The current Southampton Quaker Meeting Expenses Claim Form is here. You can print copies as required.
The Meeting House, built in 1884, is used during the week by a number of local organisations.

A little history of Southampton Quakers and Southampton Friends Meeting House

George Fox, the founder of the Quaker movement, came to Southampton in 1655. One of the earliest Southampton Quakers was George Embree. He lived in the parish of All Saints and early Quaker Meetings were held at his house. In defiance of the Conventicle Act, Quakers held their Meetings openly. Between 1657 and 1666 some sixty Friends were persecuted, a third of them women.

George Embree died in September 1678 and left a legacy to Southampton Friends which still survives. He had bought a piece of land known as the 'cabbidge plot' on the road leading to Winchester and presented it to the Meeting in 1662 as a burial ground, since when it has been in continual use, and is now the only private burial ground in Southampton.

After the passing of the Toleration Act in 1689, Friends began to think about building a Meeting House. Eventually they found a site in Castle Lane and built a Meeting House with a yard for tethering horses. During the eighteenth century, the number of Quakers in Southampton declined and the Castle Lane Meeting House fell into disuse. By the early nineteenth century the population of Southampton was increasing rapidly as more people were moving into the town. Two Friends, William Colson Westlake and Joseph Ball advanced money for a new Meeting House in Castle Square which continued in use from 1822 to 1884.

By 1880 the town was extending rapidly northwards and the Meeting House was described as 'situate in a degraded part of the town'. The decision was taken to build a new Meeting House in Ordnance Road, conveniently close to the burial ground in the Avenue. The architect was instructed to design 'something between a chapel, a mission room and a club building'. The Quakers in 1884 sought to provide a building which would serve the needs of the Meeting well into the twentieth century, which it has done.