George Fox visits Warwick
House Meetings
Willam and Mary’s Toleration Act 1689 received the royal assent on 24 May 1689. The Act allowed freedom of worship to nonconformists who had pledged to the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy and rejected transubstantiation, i.e., Protestants who dissented from the Church of England such as Baptists and Congregationalists but not to Catholics. Nonconformists were allowed their own places of worship and their own teachers, as long as they accepted certain oaths of allegiance.
It purposely did not apply to Catholics, nontrinitarians and atheists. The Act continued the existing social and political disabilities for Dissenters, including their exclusion from political office and also from universities.
Dissenters were required to register their meeting locations and were forbidden from meeting in private homes. Any preachers who dissented had to be licensed.
Warwick Meeting House was registered at the Quarter Sessions.
Quakers buy houses in West Street, High Street and Castle Lane
Fire of Warwick. Meeting House destroyed. A collection is made in the Midlands
Meeting House rebuilt
18th century
A school was held in the Meeting House on week days.
The Meeting House was closed except for accasional use by Leamington Friends’ Meeting.
Alterations to adjoining buildings. Extension added.