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Abstract: To a casual observer, the building which may be the oldest Dissenters’ meeting place in Britain and is now the Quaker Meeting House in Airton may appear to be an unremarkable example of early seventeenth-century vernacular architecture. On closer examination, it is found to embody several enigmatic features whose investigation leads into a consideration of aspects of social and religious history distinctive to south Craven and especially to our immediate locality. Tonight’s talk will look at a small area of the countryside over a long timespan.

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