These events are being planned for 2020 to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower
with the four unfortunate children of Katharine More aboard.
Tickets will be on sale on this website from January 2020.
Saturday 4 July 2020: Seminar – talks from three local historians:
Telling the story of the More children, the 17th century religious setting and the prospects in America.
In the afternoon, visits to More Hall, Shipton Hall and Shipton Parish Church are planned.
At 9.30 for 10.00 am till 4.00 pm (approx)at More Hall, Brockton, Much Wenlock TF13 6JU
(by kind invitation of Mark and Sarah Cavendish)
Jointly organised by the Friends of Shropshire Archives and the Shropshire’s Mayflower Children Group
Saturday 18 July 2020: A Choral Concert by the Shropshire choir, Voces Intimae, led by Ros Crouch
The programme of (mostly) 17th century songs includes a work by William Leighton of Plaish Hall (near Church Stretton), composed in 1614 at about the time of the several court cases involving Katharine More and her angry husband, Samuel.
At 7.30 pm in Stanton Long Parish Church (Jacob Blakeway’s parish.)
Admission: £5 (includes refreshments).
Plaish Hall, famous for its chimneys, home of the composer,
William Leighton (when he wasn’t in the debtors’ prison).
Saturday 5 September 2020: The Mayflower Walk
A circular, guided walk, starting at Brockton (where cars may be parked and Jacob Blakeway, Katharine’s lover lived) and following public footpaths towards Larden Hall, the ancestral home of the Mores with the story of the children recounted as the walk proceeds. A refreshment stop at Shipton Church gives an opportunity to see the plaque to the four young children who were all baptised in the church. The plaque was donated by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. The walk then picks up the route of the old Rowe Lane (thought to be a Roman Road) and returns to Brockton. Tickets (£5) Start time: 2.00 pm.
Saturday 12 September 2020: Son et Lumiere at Wilderhope
At 6.30 pm in the grounds of Wilderhope Manor, telling stories from local history, including the banishment of the four unfortunate More children and with the Manor as the backdrop to the projected scenes. Wilderhope Manor has its own part to play in the later Civil War. Samuel More had an undistinguished role as a Parliamentary captain and lost all of his men at Hopton Castle.
Entry by ticket: £14 (adult); £30 (family) (includes refreshments).
Wilderhope Manor: backdrop to the Son et Lumiere
Sunday 13 September 2020: Commemorative Service at Shipton Church
At 10.30 am – led by the Revd Matthew Stafford, Rector and priests from the Catholic Church
This is the nearest Sunday to the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower with the four young More children on board. They had all been baptised in the font that is still there today and their mother, Katharine had married her cousin Samuel More here too.
The service is followed by refreshments. A collection in aid of the Church will be taken.
NB Provisional programme. Prices to be confirmed.
More plans: a guided walk in the Linley area; a plinth or monument in Much Wenlock; a limited edition special publication of the More story; displays of archives; Mayflower pies; Mayflower beers; a leaflet for tourists.