He began by making the point that movements arise out of the conditions of their time, and that in the case of Quakerism the catalysts were the Civil War and arguments about secular and religious authority.
Beginning at the top end of Dentdale, and initially passed on from group to group, Fox made his way around the area.When he was fourteen his father bought a property at Langber End to set up a nursery and fruit farm and Thomas was needed to help.Sadly his father died after two years and a little later Thomas went to London to find work.Thomas also wanted to create a model village there and designed several houses including The Pillars.As an architect Thomas designs were characterised by protruding slated gables and windows with a central pillar.The first edition of Thomas book The Art and Craft of Garden-Making was published in1900.He opened a London office in 1901 but the same year saw the death of his brother Isaac. Thomas, in conjunction with Dan Gibson, was responsible for building a Congregational Chapel at Hest Bank where he worshipped.The whole Mawson family moved to Windermere with Thomas running a landscape gardening practice with Robert and Isaac running, in conjunction, a nursery and contracting business.Their first commission was to landscape a garden at Bryerswood in Far Sawrey. Over forty members of the society met to hear a talk by Elizabeth (Bette) Kissack on the life and work of Thomas Hayton Mawson, the landscape architect with particular reference to his connections with the , in 1861.When he was six the family moved to Lancaster and his father bought a plot of land on which he built a pair of semi-detached houses, in one of which the family lived. The family soon moved to Ingleton but when he was twelve he went to live and work in Lancaster for an uncle who was a builder and a keen horticulturist.