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Ye Olde Chantry

The home of Christopher Martin who was The Mayflower passenger governor for half of the 66 day trip in 1620 and the ship’s treasurer and provisioner. The flour was said to be milled locally in a windmill on Bell Hill. Other Essex pilgrims probably met here to say their goodbyes and pray on that final night.

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Ye Olde Chantry
on Billericay

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 Now the Kosthuree restaurant, 61 High Street in Billericay, Essex, near Hazle Ceramics, almost went to the US in 1920! Dated 1367, it was rebuilt in 1510 - not 1501 as shown above. This Chantry House once had its own private chapel. Chantries, monetary trusts for priests to sing masses for the dead, ended in 1547.

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 The Mayflower was built and set sail from Harwich, Essex with many of the crew and 102 voyagers from the county. After a few days in Plymouth, Devon above, it left for the US in September 1620. Both towns want to celebrate 400 years in 2020! Off course for Virginia, the ship hit land at Plymouth, Cape Cod.

 Porch of St Mary Magdelene in nearby Great Burstead where Martin was once church warden.

 Having anchored at Plymouth, Martin was one of 41 men signing the Mayflower Compact on board, with rules for order and survival. He, his wife Marie, stepson Solomon Prower and their servant John Langmore died in the first harsh winter.

 Great Burstead Church, far left, has this Mayflower window. From c500AD the mother church for the area was here. From 1342 Billericay had a Chantry Chapel, now lost, and only got a Parish Church in 1844.

 In 1607 Martin married widow Marie Prower. No more is known of son Nathaniel, born in 1609.

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