In the late 17th century, a small group of Quakers were meeting in private dwelling houses in Keele. Despite the general decline in Quakerism in the 18th and 19th centuries, Quakerism in the Stoke area grew significantly in the 19th century and a Quaker Meeting was established in Aquinas Street, Stoke in 1831. This grew in the second half of the century to become the largest meeting in the county, accounting for almost three-quarters of the Quakers in Staffordshire. That Meeting House has long since closed, but the burial ground that was attached to it still remains. Just prior to World War II, land was set aside for a new Meeting House in Priory Road, Newcastle. However, the war intervened and the new (prefabricated by necessity) Meeting House was not completed until 1952. This continued in use until about 1988, when Friends purchased a property in Miller Street, Newcastle, that was being vacated by the Staffordshire Football Association. Its conversion into the present Meeting House was completed in 1990. During the intervening period (1988 to 1990) Friends met in rented accommodation.
Meeting for Worship
Held every Sunday from 10.45 am to 11.45 am, followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.
Bring and Share Lunch
We usually have a bring and share lunch after Meeting for Worship on the last Sunday of the month. All are welcome.
Children and Young People
Children and young people are welcome at our Meeting. We have a Children’s Meeting and regular All Age Worship.
Enquiries and Room Lettings
Contact Shirley Torrens (Tel..01782 750689)
Quaker Meeting House, 2 Miller St., Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1QJ
The Meeting House has a small car park with room for about 10 cars. In addition there is a public car park behind the Meeting House accessed from the A53 (King Street) (entrance by the Borough Arms Hotel).
By car: From the town centre, take the A53 (King Street) towards Hanley. This is initially a one way street and you need to stay in the left-hand lane to avoid having to turn right towards the A52). Continue on the A53 and in about 200 yards you will see a ‘Quaker Meeting House’ signpost pointing into Miller Street. Turn right into Miller Street and you will find the Meeting House at the end on the right.
Arriving by public transport: Newcastle bus station is an approximate 10 minutes walk from the Meeting House.