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Friends' Meeting House, Leighton Buzzard

Friends' Meeting House, North Street, Leighton BuzzardWorship of the Quaker faith was believed to have started in the town with the support of Quakers from Woburn Sands. Initially, meetings were held in a loft at the rear of 13-15 Market Square, which were the premises of John Grant and his wife Hannah, a grocer and tallow chandler.

The Friends' Meeting House, was built in North Street in 1789, and was financed by John Grant. An entry in the Quarter Session Records for 22nd April 1789, shows the intention to use the new building "...by Protestant disenters from the Church of England called Quakers, as a place of worship".

Admission to the tenement was granted to John Grant and his wife, 27th October 1789.

To the rear of the premises is a graveyard. It is notable that all the gravestones are identical and of a plain design, reflecting their belief that all men are equal.

In the 1800s three cottages were built to the front of the Meeting House, one of which was for use by the caretaker of the hall.