Summary defines it as:

  1. a secret or unauthorized meeting, esp. for religious worship, as those held by Protestant dissenters in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  2. a place of meeting or assembly, esp. a Nonconformist meeting house.
  3. Obsolete. a meeting or assembly.

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Michael Robinson   Link to this

English Dissenters religious and social, by sect, prior to, during and after the Civil War:-

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  • 1663
  • 1664
  • 1668
  • 1669