This website was devised to present the findings of a research project initially called ‘Quakers in North West England 1652–1653: The Politics of Space’. Its mission statement was:
In 1652 George Fox climbed Pendle Hill and had a vision of ‘a great people in white
raiment by a riverside coming to the Lord’. Travelling on through the Dales, he came to Sedbergh, which he
recognised as the place in his vision.
Unlike a printed book, a research website is intended to grow organically as more discoveries are made. Sometimes they are made during the very process of designing and writing. Rather like Fox himself, we know the way we wish to set off and some of the places we might reach; and we have some idea of the paths we might take. But the people (historical and contemporary) we meet along the way may suggest different paths. The end result, to shift metaphors, will be an ever-provisional mapping of the terrain.
For its current contents and future directions, see our Progress Report above.
We see a broad-based audience: Quaker historians, historians of the 17th century, and, we hope, Quakers worldwide.