Hereford Meeting House – Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days        

The Quaker Meeting House in Hereford is open for Heritage Open Days.

21 King Street, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 9BX

Discover our interesting building which is tucked away in a passage off King Street in Hereford.  Even people who have lived in the area for many years are surprised that we are here!

The Quakers have used this building for 197 years.  Before this it was used for flannel manufacturing –  an 18th Century scheme to help the unemployed into work.  Then it became the location of the ‘Friends First-Day Adult School’.  People came here to be taught to read and write.  This was a very welcome and popular service to the local community at a time when education was not available to all. The school continued into the 1950s.

We would be very interested if anyone has some information about this school.  Perhaps a member of your family attended?   Do come along and tell us about it.

New this year

We have some photos and information about a recent archaeological excavation of the site of a past Quaker meeting house in Friars Street, Hereford.  Some substantial stone foundations have been exposed and Cotswold Archaeology believe this to be the remains of one of the Quaker meeting houses used before the Quakers moved to King Street.  This was before we moved inside the city walls.

We have a display board and information sheets on the history of the building.

You are welcome to have tea in the garden – inside if wet. 

The dates and times that we will be open will be:

Friday 7 September               2.00pm  – 5.00pm

Saturday 8th September      11.00am – 5.00pm

Then again on the following week:

Friday 14th September          2. 00pm – 5.00pm

Saturday 15th September    11.00am – 5.00pm

1 thought on “Hereford Meeting House – Heritage Open Days

  1. Bryan Davies

    I read with interest the article regarding the Quaker meeting house in Friars Street Hereford. I lived there with my parents from 1947 to 1970. It was formerly known as Quaker Cottages which consisted of three cottages until two were converted into one. It was a secure, strong but calm building with an obvious sense of history. There was a cellar full of dust and cobwebs but also boulders which were said to have come from the local monastery. Sadly the Cottages were raised to the ground to provide more parking for the Midland Red Garage which was at the bottom of the garden. When I lived there I took time out in the City Library reading many copies of back Dated Hereford Times of the early nineteenth century. It became evident that Friars Street, being outside the City Wall was a popular spot for travellers and there were also a number of houses of ill repute in the area.
    I hope this may be of some interest .
    Bryan Davies.


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