Frenchay Meetings for Worship during the Covid19 restrictions

We cannot hold Meetings for Worship at Frenchay Meeting House during the present Coronavirus pandemic. However, we continue to meet regularly as a worshipping community. Details of online Meeting for Worship are emailed to our members and attenders each week. 

 If you are a newcomer to our meeting, please introduce yourself to the Frenchay meeting clerk, Kate Cashmore, at frenchay.clerks@bristolquakers.org.uk . You will be welcome to join us.

About Frenchay Quakers

Frenchay Meeting HouseMembers of the Society of Friends (Quakers) have been meeting in Frenchay since 1673. The current meeting house was built in 1809 and comprises two large meeting rooms, a kitchen, toilets, two smaller rooms in an annexe and a large burial Quaker burial ground garden. Our premises are available for hire.

Frenchay Quakers meet every Sunday from 10.30am to 11.30am for our regular meeting for worship. All are welcome to join us. On the first and third Sundays of each month, we hold an additional meeting for younger folk, welcoming from the newly born to teenagers.

Our Meeting House is used on a daily basis by several local groups including local history, health and fitness groups, mental health charity, fellowship groups, counsellors, circle dancers and model railway club. We are also used by local and national organisations for meetings, training events and away days.

Frenchay Quakers themselves have many interests within the Quaker community contributing locally and nationally. Outside the Meeting our members’ interests include local history, NHS campaigns, working with the homeless, local community radio, gardening, eldercare, and support for refugees.

If you would like more information, do contact our Resident Warden on 0117 956 7337, or by email on frenchay.warden@bristolquakers.org.uk, or pop in and see us.

Meeting times

Meeting for Worship:
Sunday 10.30 – 11.30am, everyone welcome.

Children’s meeting:
10.30 – 11.30am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month. Children attend the first 15 minutes of Meeting for Worship.

Contacts

Frenchay Meeting Clerk 
Kate Cashmore
frenchay.clerks@bristolquakers
0117 956 6680

Resident Friend

Helen Watts
frenchay@quaker.org.uk
0117 956 7337

For room hire 
please follow the link below

Location

Address: 

Beckspool Road, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1NT (opposite Village Hall) 

Getting here: 

Please see www.travelwest.info or www.travelinesw.com for public transport options. 

Parking on grass verge nearby.

The history of the meeting

Friends (Quakers) have worshipped in the area since the middle of the seventeenth century, first meeting in private houses. In 1673, a Meeting House at Frenchay was completed near the site of the present one. A caretaker’s cottage was added at the back of the Meeting House in the mid 18th century.

Hannah Rogers, who lived in Home Farm next door, now the site of Frenchay Lodge Cottage, gave a portion of her land for a burial ground to be added to the Meeting House. The oldest grave stone is that of Mary Gaynor, 1756.

The current meeting house is a listed building dated 1809. Since then Quaker meetings for worship have been held in the building which stands facing Frenchay Common. The new building consisted of the present room where Meeting for Worship is held, and the space upstairs, now the kitchen area. A small corridor gave access to the road and the burial ground. Five years later, responding to a request from the women of the Meeting, an extension was built to the front, providing a meeting room above and stabling below, and the corridor was extended. The interior wood panelling and screen is of Archangel red pine imported from the Baltic through the City Docks.

A notable local Quaker in the eighteenth century was Anthony Purver, schoolmaster and Clerk to the Meeting. He was friendly with John Wesley and undertook the formidable task of translating the Bible; a copy of this translation can be seen in the glass case in the library. Quaker merchants who lived in the area included Joseph Storrs Fry. Another noted Frenchay Quaker family was the Tucketts, who gave the field opposite the Meeting House, in a corner of which the Village Hall now stands, for the people of Frenchay.

In 1996/97, the exterior of the Meeting House was extensively refurbished at which time layers of paint were removed and the walls treated with lime wash similar to the original.