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The Revolutionary Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809) was an English political activist, philosopher and revolutionary figure, who was born to Quaker parents and for a short period worked in Lincolnshire as a tax collector. In the England of Paine’s youth religious intolerance was widespread. Despite The Toleration Act of 1689 that provided legal freedom of worship, Quakers were still faced persecution for their dissenting beliefs. Paine’s father Joseph Pain (the ‘e’ was later

A Prism Through Which the Divine Light Passes

My photo of Issac Newton’s statue lit up for Grantham’s #gravityfields. “For the Society of Friends might be thought of as a prism through which the Divine Light passes, to become visible in a spectrum of many colours; many more, in their richest, than words alone can express.” Newton passed a beam of white light through two prisms, which were held at such an angle that it split into a

Belton House Sundial

The Sundial at Belton House is the inspiration for the novel Moondial, written by children’s author and quaker Helen Cresswell in 1987. The story tells of a young girl Minty who discovers that the sculpture is in fact a magic portal to the past, hence it becomes known as a moondial. Minty becomes a type of modern day seeker as she travels between past and present finding the secret behind

Conchies Play

Conchies, a play about conscientious objectors coming together during World War II, will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play, performed by theatre group A Certain Demographic, tells the story of how those opposed to fighting in the war faced persecution from both the public and the State. These conscientious objectors were mockingly known as ‘Conchies.’ The Conchies of the play are a group of several people who acquire

The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory in Epworth, Lincolnshire is a Queen Anne style building, rebuilt after a fire in 1709, which has been completely restored and is now the property of the British Methodist Church, who maintain it as a museum. It is the site of supposed paranormal events that occurred in 1716, while the Wesley family was living in the house.[1][2][3] The rectory was home to the Reverend Samuel Wesley, his wife Susanna and their 19 children,[4] one of whom, John Wesley, grew up to become