Pilgrims in England: The Southeast Contingent
Join Robert Charles Anderson, author and esteemed scholar of the Great Migration and Heritage Tours for the third tour commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Our journey in the footsteps of Mayflower passengers continues in Canterbury and Winchester, where we will explore the towns and cities that nurtured some of our nation’s most notable Pilgrims. We begin in the historic cathedral city of Canterbury and UNESCO World Heritage Site where we discover insights into the life of James Chilton, resident of Canterbury prior to his move to Sandwich and ultimately Leiden. Walk in the footsteps of Chilton and his contemporaries, like Moses Fletcher on guided tours in Sandwich.
We then depart on the second leg of our journey for Winchester, known for the medieval Winchester Cathedral. Along the way, visit Dorking, the home of William Mullins and Peter Brown. Explore the historic market town and delight in its quirky boutiques, vibrant art scene, and proximity to nature. Examine the life of Stephen Hopkins in Winchester and Upper Clatford (his birthplace) and Hursley (where he lived as a young adult). Our program concludes with a visit to Southampton, where we reimagine the arrival of the Speedwell from Delfshaven and the Mayflower from London before the transatlantic journey that would change the world.
Many private experiences, in-depth discussions with historians, and delicious, traditional meals await us. We hope you will join us next year in Canterbury and Winchester.