Quaker Meeting House, Countersett MYD34365 (c) YDNPA, 2023
Richard Robinson of Countersett Hall was an early convert to the non-conformist faith whose members became known as Quakers. He may even have heard George Fox preaching when he visited Yorkshire and Cumbria in 1652. Although he was forbidden by law to practise his faith he seems to have held meetings at Countersett Hall and by 1661 was imprisoned in York for refusing to pay tithes (taxes) to the Church of England. Richard was persecuted for many years. After his death in 1693 his son Michael continued the family faith and about 1710, he built a new meeting house in Countersett. A rebuild in 1778 lowered the floor level and replaced some windows, but the building as it stands today is substantially as it was when built.
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