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The Blue Idol Meeting House and Guest House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Thakeham, West Sussex

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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

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1181144

English Heritage Legacy ID: 298840

Location: Thakeham, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13

County: West Sussex

District: Horsham

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

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Listing Text

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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