The Mayflower and the Vaults

In 1620 The Mayflower left to take the Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers, to America. This walk explains the background to the Pilgrims’ voyage, and describes the town they would have found in 1620.

This is an interesting and informative 90 minute walking tour that describes the town of Southampton in 1620 by visiting various locations from that time including some of Southampton’s famous vaults. The many trades of the town as well as key residents are described and locations associated with the Mayflower passengers are visited. The arrival in the town of several key individuals is explained and the many important events that took place in the town are described. The Mayflower was joined in Southampton by the Speedwell and aboard the two vessels were sailors, settlers, separatists and servants and they remained here for two weeks. Others arrived in the town to join the ships having been busy making arrangements for the voyage or hiding from arrest. Learn about the fugitive who joined the ship in Southampton, the two men responsible for purchasing the supplies for the voyage, the young Southampton man who signed on at the last minute and the role that the 3rd Earl of Southampton played in the settling of North America as well as many other interesting characters.

Hear about the disputes and arguments that took place in Southampton before the ships sailed for North America. This is a fascinating walk that puts Southampton right at the centre of this world changing event.

Tours depart the statues of the Lions at the north side of the Bargate, on Sundays from 1st April to 30th September at 1.30 p.m.
Cost £6, accompanied children under 16 free.


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Project categories: Schools & Groups, Walks

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