Penn who left his mark here and in US
Quaker Meeting House has planned a series of commemorative events
Penn, who is buried in the cemetery at the Jordans Quaker Meeting House in Chalfont St Giles, was the founder of the colony of Pennsylvania in North America, which would later become the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware in the United States.
An early Quaker Penn, who was the son of admiral and politician Sir William Penn, was gifted the land in North America by King Charles II to settle some of the debts the king owed to his father.
Penn also left his mark on judicial law. He was one of the defendants in the Penn-Mead trial, which set the precedent that juries cannot be punished for returning a ver- dict the judge does not agree with.
To commemorate the anniversary, The Jordans Quaker Meeting House is hosting a series of events, up until July 30.
An exhibition about Penn is open until July 30, the anniversary of his death. The exhibition, which is open from Tuesdays to Sundays between 2pm and 5pm, goes through Penn’s life and the legacy he left behind after his death.
On July 14 from 3pm, visitors will be able to experience some food inspired by the recipes of Gulielma Penn, William’s first wife.
Nigel Pascoe will be performing a one-man reenactment of the PennMead trial on July 21 at 7.30pm, giving people a look into how an incredibly important and influential judicial ruling came to be. There will also be a concert showcasing extracts of Penn’s writings and music from his lifetime on July 29 at 3pm.