Margaret Fell (1614-1702) was a key figure in the early Quaker movement. With her husband Judge Thomas Fell, she gave early Friends a safe base at her home.
Swarthmore Hall in Lancashire (now Cumbria), the home of Thomas and Margaret Fell. After Judge Fell's death in 1658, Margaret married George Fox.
Margaret was instrumental in the development of the Quaker Peace Testimony. After Judge Fell's death she was subjected to increasing levels of official persecution.
In June 1660 Margaret delivered to King Charles II a paper directed to the king and both houses of Parliament, making clear the corporate testimony of Friends "against all strife and wars".
Early Friends wore plain and simple dress. Quakers were unusual in giving women an equal voice.