Southwark, London

The London Borough of Southwark, which includes the former docklands of Rotherhithe was the home port of the Mayflower. Her Captain Christopher Jones and his crew live here. The rector of Christopher Jones' own church had Puritan sympathies, which may have influenced his decision to accept the charter - not one to be taken lightly, as the Mayflower was an old ship to battle the Atlantic on.

Many Southwark dissenters fled to Holland; others continued to met in secret until, in 1620 they were given permission to sail to America.

They joined the Mayflower when she slipped her berth close to the present Mayflower Inn and set sail for Southampton to meet the Speedwell.

Visiting Southwark

Rotherhithe is in the London Borough of Southwark, on the Southbank of the River Thames. Home to the Globe Theatre, the Southbank, Borough Market - and of course the departure point of the Mayflower ship, marked today by the Mayflower pub.

The city of London is a diverse and exciting city, rich in heritage, culture, fashion, food and of course sightseeing. Travel by boat on the Thames to see famous London sites from the river; explore the village like streets of Southwark and head to the world famous museums, galleries and sights.

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