William Penn, the Quaker, who died on July 30, 1718, came to live at Hasing House, Rickmansworth, in 1672, on his marriage to Guliama Springett, which took place at King John’s Farm, Chorleywood.

Here he spent about five years and wrote a number of his controversial pamphlets. It was while he lived in Rickmansworth that he had a notable debate with Richard Baxter which lasted for seven hours.

When Penn died, his body was interred in the burial ground adjoining the Old Jordans Meeting Houses.

[From the Watford Observer of July 26, 1946]

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