FRIENDS' MEETING HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1298879
Date first listed:
21-Jun-1948
Statutory Address:
FRIENDS' MEETING HOUSE, LANGLEY LANE, IFIELD

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Location

Statutory Address:
FRIENDS' MEETING HOUSE, LANGLEY LANE, IFIELD

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
West Sussex
District:
Crawley (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 25243 37911

Details

TQ 23 NE 3/49 5403

Ifield, LANGLEY LANE, Friends' Meeting House

21.6.48

I GV

Dated 1676 and built as the bequest of Robert Robinson the local blacksmith (No 5 Langley Lane q.v.). Built of Sussex stone, squared and tooled and thought to have been brought from Slaugham Place. Roof of Horsham stone slates. The main front facing the lane has 2 wide gables with half hips and a central doorway with rusticated quoins and lintel bearing the date 1676 on its keystone. Two large windows are on each side of the entrance, divided into 6 lights by 2 wood mullioned and transomed leaded panes. Two smaller windows above, are under each gable hip. On the right hand quoins of the entrance doorway the following dates and initials are cut: 16 HE 84, 16 AH 78, 16 IK 76, probably recording the admissions of new members. North front similar to south but doorway not central and only one large window. The interior has C18 benches and panelling of untreated pine. The building has associations with William Penn, who lived at nearby Warminghurst before he left for America; and with George Fox and Elizabeth Fry. Burial ground in enclosure to east. For early history of the Ifield Meeting see S A C XVI pages 70-71. This is one of the earliest purpose-built meeting houses still existing.

Listing NGR: TQ2524637898

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
363371
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
'Sussex Archaeological Collection' in Sussex Archaeological Collection, , Vol. 16, (), 70-71

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 18 Feb 2001
Reference: IOE01/01828/12
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Daniel Eugenio. Source Historic England Archive
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