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Swarthmoor Hall

Swarthmoor Hall is an Elizabethan manor house on the outskirts of Ulverston. It was built in about 1586 as the family home of Judge Thomas Fell, the then Chancellor to the Duchy of Lancaster.

In 1652 George Fox, founder of the Quakers, came to the hall, convinced Thomas Fell and his wife, Margaret, of the truth of his preaching and the hall became the cradle of the early Quaker movement.

Swarthmoor Hall is still closely linked with Quakerism and was purchased by the Religious Society of Friends in 1954 and currently offers various residential and day courses and spiritual retreats.