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The Friends' Meeting House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Long Sutton, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0302 / 51°1'48"N

Longitude: -2.7613 / 2°45'40"W

OS Eastings: 346710

OS Northings: 125923

OS Grid: ST467259

Mapcode National: GBR MH.HJ7P

Mapcode Global: FRA 563D.830

Entry Name: The Friends' Meeting House

Listing Date: 17 April 1959

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1346103

English Heritage Legacy ID: 263241

Location: Long Sutton, South Somerset, Somerset, TA10

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Long Sutton

Built-Up Area: Long Sutton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 30/11/2016


LANGPORT ROAD (South side),
The Friends' Meeting House

(Formerly listed as The Friend's Meeting House)




Quaker Meeting House. Dated 1717. Local lias stone ashlar, Ham stone dressings; hipped Welsh slate roof laid in diminishing courses, over stone slate base courses. Single storey with gallery along east side; 3 bays by one bay. Plinth, string course above windows, timber eaves course: north elevation has 18-pane sash windows with thick glazing bars and panelled external shutters, set in plain Ham stone surrounds; to bay 1 a pair of ornamental fielded panel doors in very heavy moulded frame under segmental leap-covered timber hood, which could be early C20; over centre window small square plaque with hood mould, inscribed "Ex Dono/ Willm Steell/Anno Dom/1717". South elevation a mirror image of the north. East elevation has 2 windows, that to ground floor set lower, being a 12-pane sash under label mould, with shutters; above an 18-pane sash window set directly under eaves course and cutting through string course, again with shutters. West elevation has high window only, below which is a C20 flat-roofed lean-to. Interior completely unaltered: through passage on east side, under gallery, with fielded panelling as partition to meeting room proper and as stair enclosure; balustered staircase, stone flag floor: gallery above plain, screened from meeting room by fielded panelling with sliding shutters. Meeting room severely plain: unadorned plasterwork with rounded cove to ceiling; two cast iron column props inserted under gallery beam; pine plank floor, raised along west wall, which has panelled dado; elm benches, many of which appear to be original; several windows have crown glass panes. Friends' meeting held in the parish by 1662, and there was a licensed meeting-house by 1669. It was closed briefly in 1793 and 1798, but prospered after the closure of the Somerton meeting house in 1828.

(VCH, Vol III, 1974; Little, B; 'A Village of Tudors and Quakers'; Country Life 17-10-1968).

Listing NGR: ST4671025923

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