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The Friends Meeting House

The building which now serves as the Woburn Sands branch of the Buckinghamshire Library Service started life as a Quaker Meeting House in 1901. However, another building, on the same site, was used for the same purpose as early as 1674.

There are three links here. Firstly, a copy of "QUAKERISM AT HOGSTYE END, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE", by Tyeth A. T. Spencer. Originally printed in 1939, it was an amalgamation of a series of articles he had written for a local paper. It traces the history of the Friends movement in North Bucks, and in particular the Friends Meeting House in Hogsty End.

Secondly, there is the text of a speech made by Vic Longhorn at the local 2000 Millennium Community Festival. Mr Longhorn, a professional genealogist from Woburn Sands, was given access to the "DIARY OF RICHARD EDWARD WHITE, and the Hogsty End Meeting House", and used it as a base for further research into the families it covers. This fascinating work records the involvement of the White family with the local Quaker movement, and the diary covers 1846 to 1879.

Lastly, a list compiled some years ago by the Bedfordshire Family History Society of the MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS in the burial ground that could be read at that time. These have corroded further since, so this work by them is much appreciated.

I am indebted to the Milton Keynes Friends Meeting, Mr Longhorn and the Beds. Family History Soc. for their permission to use these items.
The modern building and the quiet little grave yard behind it.