Post by Adrian Moss
Research is a key part of any audio and video project we work on especially one that involves Heritage and History.
I recently visited London as part of our research work on the Mayflower400 UK project where we plan to produce an educational DVD. Tom Bartlett was our guide. Tom’s ancestor was John Howland who sailed on the Mayflower to America in 1620. Tom comes from Plymouth in the USA but has lived and worked in the UK for over 25 years.
We went to many places associated with John Howland and his brothers who lived and worked in London.
One of the places we visited was the Clink Prison Museum. Not because John or his brothers had spent any time in jail but because it was one of the main jails in London and it held Separatists who were held and punished for their views.
The Clink was built in 1144, and served as a prison for over 600 years. During that time it housed many different types of prisoners, ranging from petty thieves and vagrants to those accused of rebellion. At different times it also housed those who wanted to worship in ways other than that approved and sanctioned by church authorities and the monarch.
Early Separatists were punished for refusing to attend or follow church doctrine, or just for attending meetings and worshiping with others. Church leaders who preached to others and circulated printed pamphlets and used unapproved bibles were also sent to the The Clink. Some of these paid with their lives for their beliefs.
While in the Clink we had the chance to look around and spoke to Alex Lyon who is a guide there and kindly answered our questions. (Please note that all the background noises you can hear are part of the sound track that is playing for all visitors)
To listen click the player below:-