Coanwood Friends Meeting House
near Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 0PU | Listed Grade II*
History and Architecture
Coanwood Friends Meeting House stands in an unpopulated upland valley, south of Hadrian's Wall.
Of the many 18th-century meeting houses which survive in Northumberland only Coanwood has been spared major alteration since its construction in 1760. The date is carved on the lintel above the entrance. The walls of the meeting house are built of squared stone with rusticated quoins. The simple wooden benches inside are a rare survival of the historic Quaker layout. A panelled partition with hinged shutters sub-divides the interior. The smaller room has a fireplace and iron hob grate.
In the burial ground are typical Quaker gravestones, commemorating the Wigham family which founded the meeting.
A free 2 page guide can be downloaded here.
A free hiking and motorists trail in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty around the meeting house - 'In the Footsteps of John Wesley' - can be downloaded here
Repair and Regeneration
The meeting house has been repaired in a manner that conserves its unique fabric and furnishings. There are many walkers' paths nearby.