Hampstead Meeting House

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The Hampstead Meeting House from Heath Street in April 2017

The Hampstead Meeting House is a Friends meeting house (a Quaker place of worship) at 120 Heath Street in Hampstead, London N3.[1] It was designed by Fred Rowntree in the Arts and Crafts style.[2] The friends had previously met in Willoughby Road from 1903.[3] The Hungarian emigrant sculptor Peter Laszlo Peri was an elder of the Hampstead meeting; having joined in 1945.[4]

Mahatma Gandhi spoke at the meeting house in 1909.[5] The prominent Australian Quaker David Hodgkin married Bridget Kelsey in the meeting house in 1940.[6] The noted boat designer Ian Oughtred became a member of the meeting in the late 1960s.[7] The New Zealand social worker and poet Ursula Bethell called the building a "beautiful little bare meeting house" in a 1937 letter to Rodney Kennedy.[8] The peace activist Stephen Hobhouse attended the Hampstead meeting after graduation in the 1900s.[9] The Chinese feminist and author Zeng Baosun attended the meeting during the 1910s.[10] The Orthodox priest and writer Lev Gillet also attended in the 1940s despite his Orthodox faith.[11]

A Quaker funeral at the Hampstead Meeting House is depicted in Zoe Heller's 2001 novel Everything You Know.[12]

The meeting house is listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England.[2]

The meeting for worship is held on Sundays at 11 am; with an additional meeting on the first Sunday of every month at 9:30 am.[13]


  1. ^ Christopher Hibbert; Ben Weinreb; John Keay; Julia Keay (9 September 2011). The London Encyclopaedia (3rd Edition). Pan Macmillan. p. 291. ISBN 978-0-230-73878-2. 
  2. ^ a b Historic England, "Friends Meeting House (1378849)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 20 June 2017 
  3. ^ British History Online: Hampstead: Protestant nonconformity | British History Online, accessdate: June 20, 2017
  4. ^ Gary Sandman (24 July 2015). Quaker Artists. Lulu.com. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-329-30716-2. 
  5. ^ T. K. Mahadevan (1988). Ideas and Variations: Essays, Satire, Criticism, 1973-76. Mittal Publications. p. 118. ISBN 978-81-7099-064-2. 
  6. ^ Margery Post Abbott (2011). Historical Dictionary of the Friends (Quakers). Scarecrow Press. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-8108-6857-1. 
  7. ^ Nic Compton (27 May 2009). Iain Oughtred: A Life in Wooden Boats. A&C Black. pp. 31–. ISBN 978-1-4081-0515-3. 
  8. ^ Ursula Bethell (2005). Vibrant with Words: The Letters of Ursula Bethell. Victoria University Press. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-86473-504-1. 
  9. ^ Hope Hay Hewison (1989). Hedge of Wild Almonds: South Africa, the Pro-Boers & the Quaker Conscience, 1890-1910. James Currey Publishers. ISBN 978-0-85255-031-1. 
  10. ^ Baosun Zeng (2002). Confucian Feminist: Memoirs of Zeng Baosun (1893-1978). American Philosophical Society. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-87169-921-3. 
  11. ^ William McLoughlin; Jill Pinnock (2007). Mary for Time and Eternity. Gracewing Publishing. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-85244-651-5. 
  12. ^ Zoe Heller (30 January 2001). Everything You Know. Simon and Schuster. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-7434-1195-0. 
  13. ^ "North West London Quakers". North West London Quakers. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 

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Coordinates: 51°33′34.67″N 0°10′42.04″W / 51.5596306°N 0.1783444°W / 51.5596306; -0.1783444