Happy Thanksgiving from across the Pond!
Did you know the Pilgrim Fathers are not just remembered in the US but in Plymouth, England, too? Amongst the many references to the Mayflower and the Pilgrims here in Plymouth, the Mayflower Steps Memorial is located in the area known as the Barbican in one of the oldest parts of this city in the South West of England.
The actual steps from where the Pilgrims departed no longer exist. A granite block set in the pavement was the original memorial, although this was previously set in the roadway. A plaque commemorating the historic journey in 1620 was erected alongside in 1891 and the Doric portico was added in 1934. This in turn is flanked by the American and British flags.
Some of the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night at the 16th century Island House where there is a plaque on the wall listing all the names of the passengers who sailed on the voyage.
Photographs of the Mayflower Memorial and Island House
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You can read more about Plymouth's Pilgrim heritage in my earlier post
[Why Thanksgiving Thursday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]
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