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As a child of the '50s, growing up on a council estate in Southend-on-Sea, the Green Belt was at my front door. It was the boundary that kept developers out, but not the inhabitants. Rebel's lane was the gateway, winding its way from the end of Archer Close through farmland into rural pastures, rivers, woods, brickworks, WWII bunkers and into the adventures of young minds. This website is simply a record of my adventures both of the past, as I remember them, as well as of the present. It is not a blog for discussion, but positive feedback through e-mail is welcome.


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400th Anniversary of the Departure of the Mayflower.

Four hundred years ago, on the 16th September 1620, at last the voyage would begin. Two ships, the Speedwell and the Mayflower had been commissioned and left Leyden in Holland for Dartmouth and Plymouth where additional passengers and supplies were loaded on board. Twice both ships set out to sea, but twice they returned after only a few hundred miles. Finally, the Speedwell was pronounce un-seaworthy and was abandoned, all embarked on the Mayflower.

Departure was late; the seasons ahead would be severe. Over the next six months half would perish through sickness. But those who survived established the first colony that would lay the foundations to a new nation. Whilst Spanish, Dutch and even the British colonies had begun to exploit the New World, it was this one that would lead to:

‘We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.’


So what were the events that lead up to this day 400 years ago? Over the years I have given this modest presentation on the story of the separatists in their quest for religious freedom. This day, being an historic anniversary, I send it out again.            

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