Web Design London

Benjamin Lay Suite

Benjamin Lay Suite

Located on the second floor, the Benjamin Lay Suite is one of our largest and most versatile meeting rooms. The suite can be broken out into two different rooms, and offers a large choice of layouts for 30 up to 80 delegates.

  • Second floor
  • Step-free access via the accessible lift
  • Air-conditioned
  • Natural daylight

All of our meeting rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi access, conference notepads and pens for each delegate*, stationery box, and flipchart pad.

*As part of our commitment to being a sustainable venue, these will be provided on request.

Capacity 50
Circle of Chairs
Capacity 42
Capacity 54
Capacity 40
Capacity 30
U Shaped Boardroom
Capacity 32
Hollow Boardroom
Capacity 80
Theatre / Lecture
Capacity 38

Benjamin Lay was a 17th century Quaker who dedicated his life to campaigning against slavery at a time when wealthy Quakers ‘owned’ enslaved people. He was also a vegetarian, a feminist and opposed to the death penalty.

Lay stood 4ft tall and was born to Quaker parents near Colchester in England in 1682. Moving to Barbados in 1718, he began advocating against slavery when he saw an enslaved man.
In later life, appalled by what he saw as a degraded society and economy, he lived self-sufficiently in a cave in Pennsylvania. He wrote over 200 pamphlets attacking slavery, the prison system and the wealthy Quaker elite of that state.

Lay used unusual protest techniques: at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1738, he ministered against slavery, ending by plunging a sword into a Bible containing a bladder of blood-red juice, splattering nearby Quakers. On another occasion he (temporarily) kidnapped the child of slaveholders to show them how Africans felt when their relatives were taken.

In 1758 Philadelphia Yearly Meeting agreed to discipline any Quakers who bought, sold or imported slaves. “I can now die in peace,” Lay commented and he did, the following year.


Get in Touch

Can't find what you are looking for?
No worries our team at Friends House is always here to help.

Events team on 020 7663 1100 or events@quaker.org.uk