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The Friends’ Meeting House History Notes by M Bance

The Meeting House has become known as a quiet place, although its city centre location does present challenges. This, however, is nothing new - in 1883 a minute records that a meeting for worship was disrupted by noise from the Brittania Beer House in Ship Street.

Back to school, college or university? Or, perhaps this September you are thinking of attending a course at the

Friends Centre? Until August 2005, this was located in the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, where adult

Richard Patching, whose firm – Patching & Son - was established in 1774 and is Brighton’s oldest builders, built the new meeting house and caretaker’s cottage at a cost of £1,661. It was opened in 1805. Drawing by W.A. Delamotte, 1853. 22 | The Post • t: 01273 299219

education classes have been held continuously since 1876; thanks in no small part to the Quakers – the Religious Society of Friends. I would not presume to make any statements about what Quakers believe, but I know that they have always had great faith in the idea that education enables the underprivileged to help themselves. Even in the early 18th century, in the continuing face of local hostility and intolerance, they were teaching and opening schools for boys and girls in Brighton. The first community of Quakers in Brighton came

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