Quaker History

Local History

Local History

Quaker history begins in the Midlands and North Country, but it soon reached Reigate.

George Fox was touring the country, and in 1655 came to Reigate. He was told of a sympathetic magistrate, and enquired "Which is this Thomas Moore?" Having met Thomas Moore, he "convinced" him, as we say, rather than "converted" him.

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How did Quakerism begin?

How did Quakerism begin?

In the Seventeenth Century the Church of that day was being questioned, and a number of dissident sects were being formed. George Fox and the early Quakers were one such sect.

Fox in his early youth questioned the Church's authority, when only the educated priests could speak on the word of God to a widely uneducated congregation.

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