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Glyn  •  Link

From the above link: "But the village's greatest claim to fame came in 1620, when the Mayflower sailed for America carrying the Pilgrim Fathers from a pub then called The Shippe - and now renamed The Mayflower."

It's a pleasant riverside pub-restaurant to go for a drink in the summer, and understandably is popular with American visitors. I'd recommend going on the outside decking in the evening and watching the sun set on the river - very pleasant.

Captain Christopher Jones and 3 other co-owners of the Mayflower are buried in the little church opposite - have a look at the charming painted statues of Quaker-type children above the doors.

But unlike Pepys I wouldn't care to walk from Rotherhithe to Deptford - today it's built up and (I feel) a little dangerous at night.

Bill  •  Link

Redriff, a corruption of Rotherhithe. The immortal Gulliver was, as Swift tells us, long an inhabitant of Redriff.

Have I for this thy tedious absence borne,
And waked, and wished whole nights for thy return?
In five long years I took no second spouse,
What Redriff wife so long hath kept her vows?
--Swift, Mary Gulliver to Captain Lemuel Gulliver.

---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

Bill  •  Link

Wheatley, in the annotation above, was wrong in his attribution. The poem, "Mary Gulliver to Captain Lemuel Gulliver" was written by Alexander Pope, a good friend of Swift.

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