Pales Quaker Meeting House

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The Pales is a Historic Meeting House, built in 1717, and burial ground with a Warden’s Cottage attached situated in a peaceful hillside setting in Powys close to its border with Herefordshire. It is the oldest Quaker Meeting house in continuous use in Wales. It is of great emotional and spiritual significance to many both within and without the Quaker community.

George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, visited Radnorshire three times, initially in 1657, and encouraged local Quakers in their struggles. Quakerism took a strong hold in Radnorshire from very early times despite the incredible sufferings caused by persecution.

Meetings were held in those days in farmhouses but before long the need for a burial ground became imperative. A quarter of an acre of ground in the hills above Llandegley, was donated in 1673, for this purpose. There has been speculation over the name ‘Pales’.

The first deed assigns it two ‘names’: ‘a burial ground called Roundabout’, and ‘Y Ty ar dir yn y Swydd’ (`the house on the land at the Swydd’). In 1694, a second deed refers to it as ‘one parcell of land or fenced in round about’. This establishes the meaning of Pales as an enclosure.

In the late 1970s Quaker wardens were re-established and the graveyard was restored, the cottage renovated and the Meeting House itself re-thatched. Restoration work has continued, and in the 1990s a new water supply has meant that the Pales is again a perfect venue for workshops, retreats etc. where the natural beauty of the surroundings, and an abiding spiritual atmosphere are valued contributions. Its primary function continues to be, as always, a place of worship at which everyone is welcome.

The Meeting House and adjacent schoolroom can  be hired for meetings, workshops or retreats, for those who want to experience a truly uplifting environment.

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Road Directions

The Pales is approximately one mile off the A44, along single track roads, signposted with brown signs.

BY Car: Approaching from the West (Kington) on the A44 the turning to the Pales is on your right, shortly after passing Llandegley Church on your left.

Approaching from the East (Rhayader)on the A44 the turning is on your left, one and a half miles after leaving Penybont.

Approaching from the North (Knighton) on the A488 there is a signposted turning on your left, approximately two miles after Llanfihangel Rhydithon. Please note that this road has two gates which must be opened and closed.

By Rail: Penybont Ralway Station is on the Heart of Wales line. If you are arriving by train please phone the Meeting House beforehand – collection from the station may be possible but would need to be arranged with plenty of advance notice. 01597 851543

The nearest railway station is Penybont Station, which is 2 miles away.

The Pales Quaker Meeting House

Type:Historic Site

Llandegley, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5UH

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