Fox's Pulpit

Fox’s Pulpit

Fox’s Pulpit:

Quakerism first came to the Lake District in 1652 when George Fox visited the northwest of England.

Mr Fox was a leading figure in the history of nonconformist religion in Britain.

His journey began with him being disillusioned with the behavior of mainstream Christians who diverged from their professed beliefs which prompted him to explore an alternative.

Fox’s Pulpit, on Firbank Fell, is a place of pilgrimage for Quakers from all over the world. It is the spot where George Fox, the founder of the Quaker movement, famously preached.

If you are interested in the Quakers, Firbank Fell is well worth a visit.

Here, fresh from his vision on Pendle Hill, George Fox addressed a multitude of up to 1000 followers.

Fox climbed to the top of the hill and began to speak. His words were met with enthusiasm by the crowd, and many people were converted to Quakerism that day. Firbank Fell is therefore considered to be the birthplace of the Quaker movement.

Subsequently, thus began the Quaker movement known as ‘The Society of Friends’.


Fox was a travelling preacher who spread his message of religious tolerance and peace throughout England.

He was often imprisoned and persecuted for his beliefs, but he never wavered in his convictions. In 1652, Fox was traveling through the Yorkshire Dales when he was inspired by God to preach on Firbank Fell.

George Fox was arrested again in 1660 at Swarthmoor Hall, Near Ulverston. He was taken across the sands of Morecambe Bay (by a troop of 30 men and horses) for trial and imprisonment in Lancaster Castle.

Today, Fox’s Pulpit is a simple but powerful place. There is a plaque on the rock where Fox preached, and visitors can sit and reflect on his message. The views from the top of the hill are stunning, and it is a peaceful place to contemplate the history and meaning of Quakerism.

Fox’s Pulpit is located on Firbank Fell, which is about 10 miles north of Kendal and 5 miles south of Sedbergh in Cumbria.

The best way to get there is by car. There is  parking at the foot of the hill, and the walk to the top takes about 20 minutes.

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