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The Blue Idol Meeting House, Old House Lane

The Blue Idol Meeting House, Old House Lane, Coolham, West Sussex RH13 8QP View on map

A Grade II building, originally an L-shaped timber-framed farmhouse with plaster infilling and a Horsham slab roof. In 1691 the south end of the building was converted into a Friends' Meeting House by John Shaw, who removed the internal first floor. The Meeting House has a gallery with 2 attic bedrooms for visiting Friends. The window bay at the north end of the building was added in 1893 and there are also modern additions dating from 1931 for the Guest House. William Penn attended this Meeting House between 1676 and 1693 and his daughter, Letitia, is buried in the burial ground attached to the Meeting House.


Opening Arrangements

Garden and grounds open during daylight hours. Meeting House open to visitors. Please apply to For guided tour at a time convenient to visitor. Wardens accommodation is not open to visitors.


From A29 at Billingshurst turn east onto the Coneyhurst then right onto Old House Lane. The Blue Idol meeting House is about 100m on left-hand side. The nearest railway station is at Billingshurst, 3 miles away. There is no bus service available to the Meeting House

Parking Spaces


Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: No
  • Assistance dogs: Yes