Pilgrim Fathers' Memorial
The memorial was built to mark the area of Scotia Creek, Fishtoft, where the Pilgrim Fathers attempted to flee Boston to Holland.
This memorial, built in 1957, is just outside Boston at Fishtoft. It marks the area of Scotia Creek where, in 1607, a group of puritans, who were later to be known as the Pilgrim Fathers, attempting to flee to Holland were arrested and handed over to the authorities. After being tried and held at Boston Guildhall they eventually left and ultimately escaped to Holland and then to the New World.
The Pilgrim Fathers Memorial is located on the north bank of The Haven at the site of the former Scotia Creek, Fishtoft, Boston.
The Pilgrim Fathers Memorial consists of a small granite obelisk mounted on a granite block.
The memorial was erected on the 350th anniversary of the event. The work was carried out by Leake's Masonry. The ceremony was attended by several members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, who made a donation towards the cost of the monument. Its design is a tapering shaft rising from a base-block, intended to symbolise the urge which drove a small band of men and women to leave their country and kinsfolk for conscience's sake. The material used typifies by its strength the power and stability of their faith.
The inscription on the front of the memorial used to read:
"Near this place in September 1607 those later known as "The Pilgrim Fathers" made their first attempt to find religious freedom across the seas. Erected 1957"
It has since been updated to the following:
"Near this place in September 1607 those later known as the Pilgrim Fathers were thwarted in their first attempt to sail to find religious freedom across the seas.
Memorial re-worded by the generous gift of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and The First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa WI USA - 2009"
- North bank of The Haven at the site of the former Scotia Creek, Fishtoft, Boston.
- The Fens