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‘And so at night we came to an alehouse and stayed all night and declared much to the man of the house… And the man of the house did spread the paper up and down and was mightily affected with Truth.’
After his 1652 vision on Pendle Hill, George Fox descended into Downham. The landlord of the alehouse there was inspired by what he heard, and became one of Fox’s first followers. Fox moved on from here to Cumbria, where he continued to inspire his audiences. The worldwide Quaker movement now numbers around 400,000.
The Information Barn offers more in depth information about Fox and other aspects of Downham history. The Barn is at the centre of the village, follow signs for information and parking.
In season, there are tea rooms, ice cream, a well stocked duck pond, and an alehouse more recent than 1652… The Assheton Arms offers a gastropub menu as well as cask ales.
A new off-road bridleway, opened in 2020, links from here to Chatburn.