George Fox ranks as one of the greatest Christian visionaries. It is his work and vision that lead to the founding of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Whilst the North West of England has often been referred to as the 'Birthplace of Quakerism' and true it was where George Fox met the Westmorland Seekers a people 'waiting to be gathered'. His message and teaching having a particular relevance to their need and the movement prospered and developed.
However before any birth there must be a conception. It was here in the Warwickshire and Leicestershire area that George Fox was brought up and developed his concerns and message. The early pages of his Journal detail his early questioning and some of the people that he consulted and studied with. The local church in Fenny Drayton had a priest appointed by the local Purefory family See the book 'George Fox and the Purefoys who had a very questioning approach to religion. It was into this that 'revolutionary' society that he was brought up.
The Author of this site had the thought that all he had to do was to study the early pages of George Fox's journal and locate places of interest. However the information in the early pages are unfortunately rather sparse and we know the Thomas Elwood edited out 12 pages prior to publication of the first edition. But we hope that visitors, tourists and Fox trotting pilgrims find it of interest!
Coming out of very troubled times in England – both politically and religiously, (The Civil war was from 1642-1651) he saw though the confusion to show that:
From a theological point of view taking us back to First Century Christianity with it fire, enthusiasms and openness to all.
Living in the Presence of the Second Coming (perhaps this is the right approach to life?). This radical view lead to much conflict with ‘authority’.
In 1695 it was reckoned that it was estimated that one in ten of the population of the British Isles was a Friend.
Although numbers had diminished since then there are still over 400,000 Quakers in all continents
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