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The Blue Idol Meeting House and Guest House, Thakeham

Description: The Blue Idol Meeting House and Guest House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 15 March 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 298840

OS Grid Reference: TQ1073923125
OS Grid Coordinates: 510739, 123125
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9969, -0.4233

Location: Oldhouse Lane, Thakeham, West Sussex RH20 2LH

Locality: Thakeham
Local Authority: Horsham District Council
County: West Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: RH20 2LH

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Listing Text

The Blue Idol Meeting
House and Guest House
TQ 12 SW 3/447 15.3.55


This was originally an L-shaped timber-framed farmhouse with plaster infilling
and a Horsham slab roof. Casement windows. Two storeys. Three windows.
In 1691 the south end was converted into a Friends' Meeting House by John Shaw
by the removal of the first floor internally. The Meeting House has a gallery
with 2 attic bedrooms above for Friends coming from afar. William Penn, who
lived at Warminghurst in the adjoining Parish of Ashington, attended this Meeting
House between 1676 and 1693. His daughter Letitia is buried in the burial
ground attached to the Meeting House. In 1893 the window bay at the north
end, of red brick on the ground floor and weather boarded gable above, was
added. There are also modern additions behind dating from 1931 for the Guest
House. Articles concerning William Penn and this building in the Sussex County
Magazine Volumns 2, page 198, 4, page 125 and 7 page 763. Graded II* for historical

Listing NGR: TQ1073923125

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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