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300 years of Quakers in Tottenham

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Tottenham Quakers

How did Quakers begin?

In the 17th century, England was suffering the ravages of civil war. The struggle was not just for political power. It also had economic and religious causes. Christians attacked each other in violent speeches and writings, and sometimes even came to blows.

At this time many people were looking for a new way of organising how their country was run, based on religious foundations. They looked for their inspiration to the early days of the Christian church. Among these different groups were people who were to become the Quakers.

One of the great religious reformers of the day was George Fox (1624-1691). As a young man, he went around the country trying to find a form of religious belief which made sense to him and to his understanding of the Bible. On his travels, he met many other people who were also searching. For their honesty and their refusal to compromise, Fox and his followers suffered greatly and were often imprisoned.

Women as well as men spread the Quaker message throughout England, Scotland and Wales, and overseas to Ireland, the mainland of Europe and then to America, and in time to parts of Africa.

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