Southwark blue plaque unveiled at historic Mayflower pub

Josh Salisbury (07 December, 2018) Culture

The Southwark blue plaque, part of a scheme jointly run by the News, was unveiled at the boozer after a public vote

26963The blue plaque was unveiled at the Mayflower pub after winning a public vote

A Southwark blue plaque has been installed in pride-of-place at the historic Mayflower pub on Thanksgiving, after the boozer won last year’s blue plaque competition.

The Rotherhithe Street pub was the 59th recipient of a Southwark blue plaque since the awards began in 2003.

Veronica Alden, of the Southwark Heritage Association, previously told the News: “It’s brilliant that the community was so behind this, and so many people took the time to vote.

The plaque joins other historic markers in Rotherhithe, Ms Alden said. She added: “There’s already a great collection of blue plaques in the area, including the Sands Film Studios, and one for Isambard Kingdom Brunel.”

The accolade was bestowed upon the pub after it won 1,160 votes from the public to decide which historic landmark should be recognised.

The Mayflower Inn – formerly the Spread Eagle (1550) – is historically linked to the famous Mayflower ship that transported Pilgrims to settle in America in 1620.

The ship completed its return journey in 1621, and Captain Christopher Jones, who is said to have part-owned the inn, was hailed a hero.

He is buried in the nearby St May’s Churchyard according to parish records.

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