Before George Fox and the Quakers and before the Civil Wars, this area of Lancashire and Yorkshire was already home to some heterodox teaching and ideas: before 1640 these could only find expression verbally – after the removal of censorship, they could be expressed in print.
What were the roots of these ideas? Who were the leading thinkers and where were they based? And how much influence did they have on those who came after them, who names are better known, like George Fox?
The congregation of Grindleton and their minister, Roger Brereley, were one of the main influences in this area and beyond: a good starting place to address some of these questions