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Harwich Spotlight: King’s Head

May 30th, 2018 Posted by History No Comment yet

The name of “King’s Head” is of importance to Harwich history past and present, as it has offered itself to a street and a pub.  Surprisingly, both of these have their own Mayflower connection, and their own stories to tell.


Children of Christopher Jones – Part II

May 8th, 2018 Posted by History No Comment yet

In the first part, we established the names and baptisms of the known children of Christopher Jones; we will now delve deeper and explore the ultimate fate of these ten children, as far as can be determined.


Children of Christopher Jones – Part I

May 2nd, 2018 Posted by History No Comment yet

The genealogy of Christopher Jones tends to be largely put to one side – as he did not stay in America, his lineage does not count for those looking to prove their Mayflower ancestry. However, he played an important enough role that many will wish to be a descendant of the master of the Mayflower, therefore an important first step is to determine how many children he had, and what happened to them.

This part will just give the basic details, while part two will fully explore the fate of Jones’ children.


On This Day: 1924 – Train Ferry Inauguration

April 24th, 2018 Posted by History No Comment yet

Harwich Town rail station has been renovated to become the focal point of our Railway & Shipping Museum. The interiors now look as they would have in about 1924; the reason this year was specifically chosen is because on the 24th of April 1924, Prince George (the future Duke of Kent) inaugurated a brand new train ferry service, linking Harwich to Zeebrugge. There are two videos of footage from the day available online:

British Pathé, via YouTube:

East Anglian Film Archive (UEA):

Co-op Community Token Scheme

April 20th, 2018 Posted by News No Comment yet

We are delighted to announce that our application to become part of the Co-op’s Community Token Scheme has been successful! Working with the Co-op, we are looking to raise funds for our Visitor Centre.

If you would like to support us, and you are already a member of the Co-op, all you have to do is visit either of the two stores in Dovercourt – on Fronks Road and in the High Street – pick up a token, and vote for us.

If you are not already a member of the Co-op, you can become one by visiting in-store, or join via their website:

With your help we could raise up to £500 for the Visitor Centre.  Every token counts!



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