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The Society of Friends was formed by George Fox circa 1647. At meetings participants were often said to quake with emotion before the Lord.

They came to Southampton by 1655 and in 1662 Fox visited the town to support 22 imprisoned Quakers. He came again in 1668 and 1680 when a Quaker was still being held in the Bargate prison.

The Quaker Burial ground, at that time well outside of the town, dates from 1662 and is at the corner of Brighton Road and the Avenue.

Interestingly, all the headstones are of the same height (very low) since in the Quaker religion no individual is seen to be greater than another in life or death.

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