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Worcester Cathedral will be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing to America and also the life of Pilgrim Father Edward Winslow.  

Worcester Cathedral has an interesting connection with the Mayflower and is an offical partner of Mayflower 400. Edward Winslow (1595—1655), who sailed on the voyage, was born in Droitwich, Worcestershire, and attended The King’s School Worcester (KSW) from the age of 11 in 1606 until 1611. At that time The King’s School was situated within Worcester Cathedral precinct. Edward would have been familiar with many areas in and around the Cathedral including College Hall, which is thought to have been the school room at that time, and also the Cathedral's medieval library. College Hall is a former monastic refectory and is still used by both The King's School and Cathedral today.  

Cloister_1620_Mayflower.jpgIn April 2020 the Mayflower: Faith and Freedom Conference will be held at Worcester Cathedral and in The King's School theatre over two days on Friday 17 and Saturday18 April 2020. It aims to explore life and religion in seventeenth-century England and the New World. The conference will include subjects such as religion and belief in Jacobean England, the Lost World of the Pilgrim, the Winslow Family, and the Pilgrim Fathers' encounters with the New World. We aim to offer a conference where those attending can immerse themselves in this period in history and learn about what led the pilgrims to start a new life.

Watch our website and social media for more information to come soon!

Click here to register your interest in attending the Mayflower: Faith and Freedom Conference      

The Cathedral is an ideal stop for heritage lovers with history going back fourteen centuries. We offer Mayflower 400 tour packages for groups.
These can include:-

  • A Tudor and Stuart tour of the Cathedral or a Historic tour of the Cathedral, that includes a visit to the the royal tombs. 
  • A tour of the Catheral's Medieval library, featuring books from the time of Edward Winslow. The Library houses one of the world's most important collections of medieval books and music.

Click here to book a Mayflower tour of the Cathedral and/or Medieval Library. 

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