The Mayflower, Rotherhithe, London, UK
Posted by: Team Sieni
N 51° 30.098 W 000° 03.210
30U E 704497 N 5709727
Quick Description: An interesting historic pub on the south bank of the Thames, near to the point from which the Mayflower set sail.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/15/2012 6:54:17 AM
Waymark Code: WMDGZD
The Mayflower pub stands on the site of The Shippe pub that dates back to around 1550 and where the ship was fitted out for the long trans-atlantic voyage. It was rebuilt as the Spread Eagle and Crown in 1780 and renamed as The Mayflower in 1957. It was the nearby landing steps to this pub that the Pilgrim Fathers set sail aboard The Mayflower Ship. (Source: BBC - a Thames tour of Rotherhithe.) For a 360-degree panoramic view see BBC - Coast The Mayflower
According to the pub website it is the oldest pub on the River Thames.
At the back is a terrace with good views up and down the river. This is built over the beach so at high tide you can see the river beneath you.
There is a milestone built into the street wall reading "London Bridge 2 Miles". The pub has an interesting weathervane in the shape of a replica of the Mayflower, but this is best viewed from the river. To best see it from land you need to look back at the pub from the end of the riverside terrace.
Outside is a plaque that reads:
Mayflower public house
This restored 16th century public house was originally called the Spread Eagle. It is named after the ship chartered by the Pilgrim Fathers, who left Rotherhithe for America in 1620.