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Latitude: 50.9969 / 50°59'48"N
Longitude: -0.4233 / 0°25'23"W
OS Eastings: 510739
OS Northings: 123125
OS Grid: TQ107231
Mapcode National: GBR GHZ.FSB
Mapcode Global: FRA B60G.T28
Entry Name: The Blue Idol Meeting House and Guest House
Listing Date: 15 March 1955
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1181144
English Heritage Legacy ID: 298840
Location: Thakeham, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13
County: West Sussex
Civil Parish: Thakeham
Traditional County: Sussex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex
Church of England Parish: Thakeham St Mary with Warminghurst Holy Sepulchre
Church of England Diocese: Chichester
TQ 12 SW 3/447
The Blue Idol Meeting House and Guest House
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 Volumes 2, page 198, 4, page 125 and 7 page 763. Graded II* for historical
Listing NGR: TQ1073923125
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