Firbank Fell

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Firbank Fell
On Firbank Fell geograph 2078034.jpg
Range: Lake District
Summit: 1,017 feet SD608939
54°20’21"N, 2°36’16"W

Firbank Fell is a hill in Westmorland between the towns of Kendal and Sedbergh (Yorkshire).

Amongst Quakers the fell is renowned as a place where George Fox, the founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), preached. Fox described what happened there on 13 June 1652 in this way:

While others were gone to dinner, I went to a brook, got a little water, and then came and sat down on the top of a rock hard by the chapel. In the afternoon the people gathered about me, with several of their preachers. It was judged there were above a thousand people; to whom I declared God's everlasting truth and Word of life freely and largely for about the space of three hours.

Because of Fox's preaching there, the site is sometimes called "Fox's Pulpit." A plaque on the rock there commemorates the event, which is sometimes considered the beginning of the Friends movement.

Firbank Fell is now immortalised as a place of Quaker history in one of the four houses at the Quaker school Bootham School.

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