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Wilmslow Quaker Collection

120 items.

This small collection of Quaker literature, ranging from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, was donated to the Library by the Cheshire Monthly Meeting in 2003.

The majority of the collection comes from the Wilmslow (formerly Morley) Meeting’s library, although several of the earliest volumes belonged to Stockport, Frandley (near Weaverham) and Nantwich meetings.A number of volumes bear ownership marks of individual Friends.

Among the most interesting are two books published by the Quaker printer Tace Sowle in 1699, which belonged to the Quaker Minister Benjamin Bangs of Stockport. 

Like many Friends, Bangs was subject to much persecution before the Act of Toleration in 1689.

A copy of the Memoirs of the Life and Convincement of that Worthy Friend Benjamin Bangs, by Joseph Hobson (1757), can also be found in the collection.

The collection complements the Midgley Reference Library and the John Graham Papers.

Finding aids



The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

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