HARWICH HIC­CUP

Essex Life - - COUNTY LIFE - Ju­lian Why­bra Bil­ler­icay

I write to high­light that Pe­tra Hornsby’s ar­ti­cle, Set to Sail in Harwich in the July is­sue of Es­sex Life con­tained a num­ber of in­ac­cu­ra­cies. Harwich was not one of the Mayflower’s ports of call on her voy­age of 1620. As to where the ship was built, the ear­li­est men­tion of her is in the Port Book of 1609 in which she was named as The May-Flower of Harwich. Half of the Pil­grims were English ex­iles from Lei­den, the other half came di­rectly from Eng­land, in­clud­ing eight from Es­sex (four from Bil­ler­icay, two from Colch­ester and two from Harwich).

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