St Peter's, More



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St Peter's More is close to the Welsh border. Its nearest town is Bishop's Castle.

The oldest part of the church is the massive 13th century tower which has slit windows and a double pyramid roof. The body of the church was largely rebuilt in 1846-7.

For more information about the church see,

More Parish, the More family and The Mayflower




Samuel More, who packed off four Shropshire children on the Mayflower.

Right; a modern replica of the Mayflower.



The story of the four More children from Larden Hall, Much Wenlock, who sailed on the Mayflower amid a 17th century scandal involving adultery and disgrace.
Only one of them, Richard More, survived. 

The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth in September 1620, bound for the New World and the 102 passengers, or "pilgrims" as they were later dubbed, founded the first permanent European settlement in New England, making the voyage important in American history.
The passengers were both religious dissenters and adventurers, but the four Shropshire children aboard were in a different category, having been packed off after a marital disagreement.
Historians had assumed that the Mores on the Mayflower passenger list were orphans from the streets of London. However, history came to be rewritten when, in the winter of 1958-59, Sir Jasper More of Linley, near Bishop’s Castle, decided to explore a trunk in his attic.
He came across a document that blew the lid off the 17th century scandal.

Samuel and Katharine More were cousins who married at Shipton in 1611 and lived at Larden Hall.
They had four children. Or rather, Katharine did. Samuel noticed most of the children looked like one Jacob Blakeway, “a fellow of mean parentage and condition,” from nearby Brockton. He accused Katharine of adultery.
After a bitter legal battle, Samuel won control of the children, and sent them to America on the Mayflower under the care of the Pilgrim Fathers. When the ship sailed in 1620, Jasper was six, Richard was five, Mary was four, and Ellen was eight.
Jasper and Ellen probably died aboard the ship while it was anchored off Cape Cod and may never have set foot in America. Mary died during the winter. Only Richard survived, with his guardians William and Mary Brewster.
He married in 1636 and moved to Salem. A ketch owner, he traded at sea and may have made voyages to England, although there is no record of his seeking contact with the Mores.
In old age Richard acquired a reputation as a sinner. Salem church records for 1688, when he was in his seventies, say: “Old Captain More, having been for many years under suspicion and a common fame of lasciviousness... was at last...convicted before justices of peace by three witnesses of gross unchastity with another man’s wife.”
There is a parish register record in Stepney in 1645 recording the marriage of one Richard More of Salem to Elizabeth Woolno of Limehouse – which, if it was the same Richard More, would mean he had a wife on both sides of the Atlantic.

Richard died in 1695, the last male survivor of the Mayflower.
As for Larden Hall, that no longer stands, having been demolished in 1969.

Copy of List of passengers on Mayflower


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