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October 10, 2006

Lindsey, Suffolk, England

Neither the tiny rural village of Lindsey nor the surrounding countryside has changed much since 1634, when one side of my family left there for Massachusetts and a new "Groton", named after another small village near Lindsey. Three hundred and seventy two years later, Lindsey is still beautiful and remote, with few people, no modern commerce, no tourists. St Peter, a rough Anglican church, at one time Catholic, the one my ancestors attended, some of it now over 700 years old, and one even older church ruin, St James (1200s), are the only man-made constants. Still a "parish", Lindsey is on the B1115 Hadleigh-to-Bury road. This is East Anglia. From 1625 to 1640, Charles I had tried to rule England without calling the Puritan-dominated Parliament. Puritan dissenters, lots of them, lived in the area around Lindsey, and "from here":

hundreds of families fled across the Atlantic to the new world. The Winthrops, of tiny Groton, would become founders of the State of Massachusetts. But most of the settlers were poor, working families, and they would devote themselves to quiet, prayerful unpersecuted lives, and of work hard to build new communities. Of course, they would never see Suffolk or the valley of the gentle Brett again. (Simon Knott)

Posted by JD Hull at October 10, 2006 05:54 PM


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