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St. Helen's Church, Austerfield, England1898 — Bradford Tablet and Baptismal Font, St. Helen's Church, Austerfield, England
St. Helena's Church, Austerfield was built in 1080. Gov. William Bradford was baptized there on March 19, 1589/90. By the end of the 19th century, the north aisle had fallen down and the nave arches on that side were bricked up. With generous donations from the General Society of Mayflower Descendents in the United States, the aisle was reconstructed, using a stone doorway and window tracery that had survived. The New York Society contributed to the preservation of the church. The tablet, engraved with an entwined “IHS” at the top,  reads: THIS AISLE WAS BUILT IN THE YEAR / OF OUR LORD MDCCCXCVII BY THE  / SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER / DESCENDANTS AND OTHER CITIZENS / OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / IN MEMORY OF / GOVERNOR WIILLIAM BRADFORD / WHO WAS BORN AT AUSTERFIELD / AND BAPTIZED IN THIS CHURCH / ON XIX MARCH MDLXXXIX. ‘HE WAS THE FIRST / AMERICAN CITIZEN / OT HT ENGLISH RACE / WHO BORE RULE BY / THE FREE CHOICE / OF HIS BRETHREN A Mayflower Society logo appears at the bottom.



Gov. William Bradford House, Austerfield, South Yorkshire, England1936 — Gov. William Bradford House, Austerfield, South Yorkshire, England
The General Society of mayflower Descendants was approached by the English to
contribute $3,500 toward the $5,500 believed necessary to purchase and preserve Bradford's boyhood home. World War II brought an end to the plans. The Society's funds collected for the project were later released to the Mayflower Society House Endowment Fund.

1955 — Plaque, St. Helena’s Church, Austerfield, England
Plaque with may flowers in the four corners and an image of the ship Mayflower beneath which appears THE GENERAL SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS (USA, 1897) / WALDO MORGAN ALLEN, GOVERNOR GENERAL / ON THEIR FIRST PILGRIMAGE – 152, BY PLANES – TO THE NETHERLANDS AND ENGLAND / SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 6, 1955 / 335 YEARS AFTER THE SAILING OF THE MAYFLOWER

1992 — Stained Glass Windows, St. Helena’s Church, Austerfield, England
A triptych depicting William Bradford, the Mayflower, and the signing of the Mayflower Compact is here.

Unknown — William Butten Plaque, Austerfield, England
A memorial plaque, blue on white, depicting the Mayflower approaching the New England Coast with a compass rose and a banner reading “WILLIAM BUTTEN – THE MAYFLOWER 1620” Butten appears in William Bradford’s history Of Plymouth Plantation where he wrote circa 1630 “In all this viage ther died but one of ye passengers, which was William Butten, a youth, servant to Samuel Fuller, when they drew near ye coast.” The Bassettlaw District Council claims that Butten was of Austerfield. Records show a William Butten baptized in Worksop in 1605. He may have been with Fuller in Leiden.