George Fox

Died aged c. 67

George Fox (July 1624 – 13 January 1691) was an English Dissenter, who was a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers or Friends. The son of a Leicestershire weaver, he lived in times of social upheaval and war. He rebelled against the religious and political authorities by proposing an unusual, uncompromising approach to the Christian faith. He travelled throughout Britain as a dissenting preacher, performed hundreds of healings, and was often persecuted by the disapproving authorities. In 1669, he married Margaret Fell, widow of a wealthy supporter, Thomas Fell; she was a leading Friend. His ministry expanded and he made tours of North America and the Low Countries. He was arrested and jailed numerous times for his beliefs. He spent his final decade working in London to organise the expanding Quaker movement. Despite disdain from some Anglicans and Puritans, he was viewed with respect by the Quaker convert William Penn and the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell.

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Commemorated on 4 plaques

George Fox the founder of the society of Friends or Quakers, shortly after his release from prison at Derby at the beginning of the Winter 1651, stood without shoes on a market day in this market place and denounced the City of Lichfield.

Market Square, Lichfield, United Kingdom where they stood without shoes on a market day and denounced the City of Lichfield (1651)

Friends Meeting House. George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers), visited Kendal in 1652 and by his powerful preaching won many followers. They opened their first meeting house on this site in 1688 and a Quaker school in 1698. The present building, designed by Kendal architect, Francis Webster, was erected in 1816 to accommodate 850 people. Kendal Quakers were prominent in business, education and welfare in the town from the 18th century.

Stramongate, Kendal, United Kingdom where they mentioned (1652)

Let Your Lives Speak. Here or near this rock George Fox preached to about one thousand seekers for three hours on Sunday June 13, 1652. Great power inspired his message and the meeting proved of first importance in gathering the Society of Friends known as Quakers. Many men and women convinced of the truth on this fell and in other parts of the Northern Counties went forth through the land and over the seas with the living word of the Lord enduring great hardships and winning multitudes to Christ.

Firbank, Sedbergh, United Kingdom where they preached (1652)

Quaker Meeting House. There has been a Meeting House on this site since 1677. The original building was replaced and enlarged in 1708 and forms the core of the present Meeting House, making it Lancaster's second oldest place of worship after the Priory Church. It was there that George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, preached in 1652 and was stoned through the streets by a hostile mob who objected to his challenging of established religious practices. Today Quaker Meetings for Worship are regularly held in this building; it is also used by a large number of community groups.

Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, United Kingdom where they preached (1652)