Heritage Meeting Houses

Heritage Meeting Houses in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has many historic meeting houses.  This page highlights some of them.  See bottom of page for more on Farfield Meeting House.

List of meeting houses in Yorkshire which are heritage listed by Historic England

Meeting House Date built or bought Grade of Listing More Information
Airton 1700 II* Airton heritage report
Bainbridge 1841 II Bainbridge heritage report
Bentham 1768 II Bentham heritage report
Farfield 1689 II* See below
Gildersome 1756 II Gildersome heritage report
High Flatts 1697 II High Flatts heritage report
Kirkbymoorside 1789 II Kirkbymoorside heritage report
Malton 1823 II* Malton heritage report
Osmotherley 1732 II Osmotherley heritage report
Pickering 1793 II Pickering heritage report
Rawdon 1655 II Rawdon heritage report
Settle 1678 II* Settle heritage report
Skipton 1693 II Skipton heritage report
Thirsk 1799 II Thirsk heritage report
Wooldale 1689 II Wooldale heritage report

Farfield Meeting House

Farfield Quaker Meeting House, (2 miles west of Addingham near Ilkley on the road to Bolton Abbey), was chosen by Historic England in 2019 as one of 10 faith and belief places in England.

The small, simple Meeting House is one of the oldest Quaker Meeting Houses in the country. It was built in 1689, the year of the Act of Toleration which allowed Quakers and other non-conformist groups religious freedom and which meant that they could build their own places of worship. The Meeting House is owned by the Historic Chapels Trust which, along with a small local committee called the Friends of Farfield, undertakes the care and maintenance of the building.

During  the summer months, a half-hour meeting for worship is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month for 3/4 hour at 14.30. 

The dates for 2024 are:  18 April, 16 May. 20 June, 18 July, 15 August, 19 September and 17 October.

Farfield meeting house is on the Dales Way long distance footpath and there is a pleasant 1 1/2 mile walk along the river Wharfe from Addingham.

The history of the meeting house can be downloaded here.

Farfield has three listings by Historic England:

  1. the meeting house  (Grade II*)
  2. the Myers’ tombs  (Grade II*)
  3. the walls and gateway  (Grade II)