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Christmas Chantry

A homely place to spend Christmas, especially if it is decorated like this! Once owned by Christopher Martin, who was The Mayflower’s treasurer and provisioner plus passenger governor for half of the 66 day trip in 1620.

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Hazle Ceramics
Christmas Chantry
Limited Painting of 80
on Billericay

 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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 St Nicholas put gold in girls’ stockings so they could marry, starting a tradition!

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

 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.

 Martin married widow Marie Prower at Great Burstead, 1607.

 Christmas trees were introduced to the UK by Queen Charlotte in 1761.

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