Firbank Fell

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Firbank Fell
Firbank Fell is located in Lake District
Firbank Fell
Firbank Fell
Lake District, England
Elevation 310 m (1,020 ft)
Location
OS grid SD608939
Coordinates 54°20′21″N 2°36′16″W / 54.33914°N 2.60442°W / 54.33914; -2.60442Coordinates: 54°20′21″N 2°36′16″W / 54.33914°N 2.60442°W / 54.33914; -2.60442
Topo map OS Landranger 97

Firbank Fell is a hill in Cumbria between the towns of Kendal and Sedbergh that is renowned as a place where George Fox, the founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), preached.

Fox described what happened there on June 13, 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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