History of Quakers in Deal

Is there any history of Quakers in Deal? I can find little or no reference to there having been Quakers in Deal, apart, maybe, from some possible 18th century marriages, although when, where and involving whom I have no idea.


Was there a nineteenth century Quaker Mission to Betteshanger colliery? Did Quakers set up any ‘ragged schools’? Was there Quaker involvement in the local workhouses?


How did the current meeting get started? Who and why? Is there any relationship between Dover Meeting closing and Deal Meeting starting?

2 Replies to “History of Quakers in Deal”

    1. Thank you for this. I have checked it out and am fascinated. The melody (a jig) is delightful, and the English country dance would be fun to perform. The melody was composed in direct response to experience of Deal and the welcoming people who lived there. I wonder if the reference to a “fair Quaker” suggests a possible romantic interest.

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