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New Book | Quakers and Their Meeting Houses

Posted in books by Editor on October 12, 2021

Distributed by Oxford UP:

Chris Skidmore, Quakers and Their Meeting Houses (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2021), 240 pages, ISBN: 978-1800857209, £40 / $75.

This book provides a fascinating account of the architecture and historical development of the Quaker meeting house from the foundation of the movement to the twenty-first century. The Quaker meeting house is a distinctive building type used as a place of worship by members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Starting with buildings of the late-seventeenth century, the book maps how the changing beliefs and practices of Quakers over the last 350 years have affected the architecture of the meeting house. The buildings considered are illustrated, predominantly in colour, and are from England, Scotland, and Wales, with some consideration of colonial American examples. The book commences with an introduction that provides an accessible account of the early history of Quakerism, and it concludes with a consideration of whether there is a Quaker architectural style and of what it might consist.

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