Colchester Quaker Meeting House

Quakers have been active in Colchester for more than three centuries. Some eighty local Friends were imprisoned for their faith during the religious persecution of the seventeenth century, the best known of whom was James Parnell, who died in Colchester Castle at the age of 19. Many others were ridiculed, beaten and fined, but they continued to live and worship in the Quaker way.

Quakers do not have creeds and we will not tell people what to believe. We are active in working for peace and justice. Quakers seek to answer that of God in all people, without regard to race, creed, gender or sexual orientation. Our faith is lived out in our lives, not just for an hour on Sundays.

Colchester Meeting House is a town centre venue accessible by public transport.  We have rooms available for hire during the week by groups whose aims do not conflict with Quaker beliefs.

Join us for meetings of Worship


Under current Government guidance and advice from Friend’s House London,

Colchester Meeting House is closed until we receive different advice.

We wish all our hirers, staff, visitors and Friends to stay well so please adhere to all the safety guidance being issued.

Friends or those interested in quiet fellowship at the current time please leave a message by email to and we will get back to you, We have arrangements in place to have virtual Meetings, and are communicating by email, whatsap and phone.

Parking at Colchester Quaker Meeting House

Limited parking at the meeting house.  Multi-storey car park on Balkerne Hill, 4 minutes walk to the meeting house.