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9-10 June 2018

9-10 June 2018

Winchmore Hill Friends Meeting House and Burial Ground

Visitor Information
Open

Saturday 14:00–17:00
Sunday 14:00–17:00

Activities

Guided walks. Garden plan and leaflet. Refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits).

Entrance (Sells Tickets)

Top of Church Hill, 200m from Winchmore Hill Green
Nearest postcode: N21 1LE

Buses

W9 to Winchmore Hill, The Green (200m) + 125, 329 to Station Road (800m)

Station

Winchmore Hill

Toilets

Disabled toilet on site

Access

The burial ground does not have formal paths, and is not easily accessible by wheelchair. Ground uneven in places. The building and the amenities within are wheelchair-accessible.

Dogs

Dogs on leads

The Garden

The burial ground and garden surround the Friends Meeting House and extend beyond it. There has been a Quaker meeting on this site since 1688 and the present grade II-listed building is dated 1790.

The burial ground has the character of a semi-wild garden, managed on organic principles by our gardener with volunteer help. Wide variety of trees, flowering shrubs and plants. Prominent large Atlantic cedar over 170 years old. The plants are mostly native species, many of them donated by members of the Meeting. The garden is known for its tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, and is open to the public 'for rest and quiet enjoyment'. A wide border with wild and cultivated plants extends for much of the length of the boundary wall, and flower beds are also to be found near the meeting house. Most of the site is grassed, without formal paths, and is part-shaded by trees.

The first known burial was in 1684. Burials were originally confined to the southern part of the site, but the burial ground was extended northwards in 1821 over land that had previously been let for grazing. The earliest burials were unmarked, but later burials have the characteristic Quaker headstones – small, round-topped and bearing only the deceased's name, dates and age, in keeping with the Quaker testimonies to simplicity and equality.

Notable headstones include those for members of the Hoare and Barclay families (both involved in founding banks), Luke Howard (a pioneering meteorologist, responsible for the system for classifying clouds), and two Quaker members of Parliament. The garden is home to a variety of animal life, including a resident fox nicknamed George after the founder of the Quaker movement.

Gardener: Stephanie Davies
Visitor Information
Open

Saturday 14:00–17:00
Sunday 14:00–17:00

Activities

Guided walks. Garden plan and leaflet. Refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits).

Entrance (Sells Tickets)

Top of Church Hill, 200m from Winchmore Hill Green
Nearest postcode: N21 1LE

Buses

W9 to Winchmore Hill, The Green (200m) + 125, 329 to Station Road (800m)

Station

Winchmore Hill

Toilets

Disabled toilet on site

Access

The burial ground does not have formal paths, and is not easily accessible by wheelchair. Ground uneven in places. The building and the amenities within are wheelchair-accessible.

Dogs

Dogs on leads

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