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George Fox

Born: July 1624 Drayton-in-the-Clay, (now called Fenny Drayton) Leicestershire; Died: January 1691 (aged 66) London, England

Founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). He was the son of a Puritan weaver of comfortable means and was apprenticed to a local shoemaker. From an early age he showed a passionate zeal for the Gospel. Seeking direction from local clergy, he was counseled by on (in Mancetter) to take tobacco and sing psalms; another advised physic and bleeding.

He turned away from the Established Church and devoted his energies to preaching a form of Christianity free from priesthood, liturgy, open sacraments and calendar. His followers, known first as “The Friends of Truth”, are now universally called by a term used originally by their detractors,”Quakers”.

The Church in Fenny Drayton remembers him on the anniversary of his death, 13 January,

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