Bunhill Quaker Gardens

Charting the redevelopment of the Quaker Gardens between Banner Street and Chequer Street, London, in 02005.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Quaker Braithwaites

In the couple of minutes before this morning's Quaker Meeting began, I had a very quick skim through the book of Quaker Faith and Practice, and came across an entry by William Charles Braithwaite, the author of The Beginnings of Quakerism and The Second Period of Quakerism.

The tower block in the picture is Braithwaite House, at the east side of the burial ground now known as Quaker Gardens. I don't know whether it was named after W.C.Braithwaite, or — perhaps more likely — after J.B.Braithwaite Jnr, who started the Quaker adult school on the Bunhill site in the 1880s (see the history). Perhaps it was named after both: I suspect the two were brothers since this web page identifies W.C. As the son of J.B. and Martha Braithwaite of Banbury (very near where my parents live now).

If you can confirm any details on this, please click 'comments' below to let me and others know.


At 04 June, 2006 19:16, Anonymous Andrew Roberts said...

Joseph Bevan Braithwaite junior was the son of Joseph Bevan Braithwaite senior (1818-1905) the theologically conservative and evangelical Quaker who did not leave the Society in 1841 (See Book of Discipline)

William Charles Braithwaite (1862-1922) "was associated with the work at Bunhill Fields, until his removal to Banbury in 1896" (50th anniversary history 1924)

Our Joseph Bevan Braithwaite (junior) was 19 when he started the mission in 1874, according to Lias and Paul Bowers Isaacson in their 1991 leaflet. Which means he was born about 1855. He was living with his parents and William Charles at 312 Camden Road, London, at the time of the 1881 Census.

I do not know when Joseph Bevan junior died. Olive yarrow should - He was there when she had to sit through meeting as a child. His picture was also on the wall and she used to compare it to the real thing


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