Mayflower 400 in Harleston

2020 marks the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America. Celebrations are planned throughout major towns and cities across England to commemorate the occasion.  Harleston had a role in this significant chapter in world history.

There were a mere 102 passengers on board the Mayflower ship, and four of them came from Harleston. There were only 41 signatories to the the legal document, created to establish their rules of governance. This was called the ‘Compact’ and became the foundation for the American Constitution. Two of the signatories were from Harleston, Samuel and Edward Fuller. You may see references to them in street names.

We plan to join in the international celebrations and promote Harleston as a wonderful place to visit and live. There will be a programme of events and activities . The international celebrations begin in November this year at Thanksgiving, and run until Thanksgiving 2020.

We will provide regular updates on these activities and articles about Mayflower, the Pilgrims and their journey.

Mayflower Introduction

Mayflower Introduction

There is much academic research into the Mayflower. What were the reasons for people to give up everything they knew and loved and leave England, their homeland?  What were the living conditions in Holland, and why did they again give up everything and move to another foreign land?  How were they even in a position […]

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Mayflower Public Meeting

Mayflower Public Meeting

Harleston’s Future held a public meeting on Monday 1 July, to explain what is happening across the country in celebration of the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower ship to America, and the important role Harleston played in this significant point in history.  There was a wonderful turnout, with representation from residents, […]

Mayflower and the Primary School

Mayflower and the Primary School

Representatives from Harleston’s Future and Harleston C.E. Primary School held discussions on Friday 14 July to gather ideas for involving the pupils in our Mayflower 400 celebrations. There are now many exciting events and projects under consideration. The first of which will be the creation of 400 Mayflower ship mobiles, one to represent each year […]

The Mayflower Ship

The Mayflower Ship

There were many ships called Mayflower in 1620 and it is not know for certain which one was the actual ship that took the pilgrims to America. However extensive research by academics and enthusiastic has resulted in a common belief that it was ship which had previously been used in transporting goods, mainly between London […]

Mayflower Historical Background

Mayflower Historical Background

The beginning of the Mayflower story can be considered to have its origins in the reign of King Henry VIII when he decided to split from the Roman Catholic church in order to marry his second wife, Anne Boleyn.  As a result Henry VIII established the Church of England, with himself as the supreme head.  […]

Mayflower400

Mayflower400

2020 marks the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America.  Celebrations are planned throughout major towns and cities across England to commemorate the occasion.  Harleston had a role in this significant chapter in world history. There were a mere 102 passengers on board the Mayflower ship, and four of them came from […]

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