Penn who left his mark here and in US

Quaker Meet­ing House has planned a series of com­mem­o­ra­tive events

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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