Listen to Tom Bartlett, a descendant of John Howland, talk about John Beauchamp one of the Merchants that helped finance the settlers on the Mayflower journey.
2020 will commemorate the 400th anniversary
of the Mayflower's voyage to America
Focus has continued its research into the Mayflower 400 story with the start of the journey being back in the Spring of 2017 when we produced a digital map which identified where in England the passengers came from. The map enabled local communities across England to see what connection they had to the Mayflower story.
Since then our research into the Mayflower and its passengers and crew has taken us all over the country and we have met many interesting people.
The following audio and video programs are a result of our travels:-
One of the places we visited as part of our Mayflower 400 research was The Clink Prison Museum in London. The prison was one of the main jails in London where Separatists were held and punished for their views.
Research for upcoming DVD into the background of John Howland, passenger aboard the Mayflower in 1620 who sailed to a new life in America.
Focus has continued its research into the story of the Mayflower, its passengers and crew who sailed to America in 1620. It has taken us all over the country. We have met many interesting people.
As part of the Mayflower historical research we visited Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, Leicestershire with Roger Wilson. Roger is an expert in Church history and in this audio interview we find out churches have changed over the last 400+ years.
Early in our Mayflower research we were introduced to Tom Bartlett by The Pilgrim John Howland Society. Tom is a descendant of John Howland, one of the passengers on the Mayflower. Tom’s home town is Plymouth, Massachusetts but he has lived in the UK for over 30 years and has been investigating John’s life in England before he left for America in 1620.
The fifth church we went to see with Roger Wilson, an expert in Church history, was St Mary the Virgin in Ashley in Northamptonshire. This is a 13th Century medieval church which was restored by the Revd Richard Pulteney in the 1860s to conform to the principles of the Oxford Movement and the Ecclesiological Society.
The fourth church we went to see with Roger Wilson (an expert in Church history) was St John the Baptist in Kings Norton in Leicestershire. This is a Gothic Revival Church built in in the 1760s by John Wing for the Lord of the Manor William Fortrey.
The third church we visited in our quest for information for the Mayflower Project was St Andrew’s Church in Lyddington, Rutland. The oldest parts of the present church date back to the 14th century.
The second church we went to see with Roger Wilson (expert in Church history) was St Peter’s Church in Brooke, Leicestershire. It shows clearly how it was changed to meet the Elizabethan era of worship using the 1559 prayer book.
As part of the Mayflower 400 project we have been completing historical research around the UK. One of our topics has been the Reformation and its impact on local churches. We visited six churches with Roger Wilson to see how they have changed over the last 400+ years. The churches we visited were spread across Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.
We spoke to Roger in an audio podcast about the first church we went to see which was St Andrews Church in Stoke Dry in Rutland.
As part of our work on the Mayflower 400 project we have been meeting and audio interviewing a number of experts on a wide range of various topics. These all now form an audio tour of six English churches.
Audio interview with Joshua Kellard, Manager of the Round Church Visitor Centre in Cambridge. The Round Church (Church of the Holy Sepulchre) was built around 1130 and modelled on the Church of the same name in Jerusalem. Only four similar shaped Round Churches still exist in the UK.
Focus were asked to speak at a conference organised by the Pilgrims & Prophets team with its theme being ‘Engaging the Community’ to present our experiences of working with a number of community groups producing the ‘The Meon Valley – a journey of discovery’ video DVD.
After the event was over we spoke to Adrian Gray, a member of the Pilgrims and Prophets team, about the event and also his recent book ‘From Here We Changed the World’.
Interview with members of Pilgrim Roots which is a regional partnership which is working collectively to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage and the stories associated with it
As part our Mayflower 400 research we found a photograph of large scale model of the Mayflower which was held by Bassetlaw Museum. The picture showed a large scale model on display in Retford Market Square on 30th November 1985 – which would have been the 365th anniversary of her sailing from Southampton and then Plymouth to America.
We recently met up with Tom Bartlett to talk about his research into the life of his ancestor, the Mayflower passenger John Howland. Tom is an American who has been living in the UK for over 25 years. His family home is in Plymouth, Massachusetts and he is a member of the Pilgrim John Howland Society in the USA.
As part of the Mayflower 400 project we have been working with Tom Bartlett, a member of the Pilgrim John Howland Society (PJHS) of America. We recently filmed Tom in Fenstanton Church talking about his plans to create a DVD about John and his early years in England.