Your Very Own Elite Title and Piece of Dartmouth

On 23 August 1620, an iconic ship on a momentous journey docked in the picturesque English harbour town of Dartmouth, Devon. The ship was the Mayflower, and the dozens of passengers it carried were preparing to establish a new colony in the New World, America.

The ship Mayflower

Dartmouth boasted deep waters and a strong tradition of shipbuilding and repairs (the name of one of its oldest thoroughfares, Smith Street, was inspired by the talented local smiths and shipwrights). The town – specifically Bayard's Cove – was therefore an ideal place for the 180-ton Mayflower and her smaller companion, the Speedwell, to drop anchor when the latter required urgent maintenance. As a result, Dartmouth is distinguished as one of the last places in England the colonists ever saw.

The Pilgrim Fathers Drop Anchor at Dartmouth

The Speedwell had recently brought a small number of English separatist Puritans home from the Netherlands, where they'd fled to escape religious persecution only to face severe financial and social struggles. Now they and others like them were convinced their destiny was to create a new religious community in America, living simply and worshipping devotedly. The group ultimately founded Plymouth Colony, the first permanent settlement by Europeans in New England. Its 40 or so members are celebrated as the Pilgrim Fathers. Dartmouth's Pilgrim Hill is a reminder of the town's connection with these historic figures.

When they arrived in Dartmouth, the odds were stacked against the Pilgrims and their fellow colonists reaching their destination, as the Speedwell's condition was deteriorating rapidly. One of the organisers of the ambitious voyage, Robert Cushman, lamented that the vessel was 'as open, and leaky as a sieve'. That certainly didn't bode well for crossing the Atlantic. Dartmouth's industrious workmen carried out repairs during a make-or-break period for the colonists. At the end of August, the Speedwell was pronounced seaworthy again and set off for America with the Mayflower.

Mystery of the Mayflower's Companion

A mystery associated with the Speedwell could challenge even private detective Hercule Poirot's 'little grey cells' (the holiday home of Poirot's creator, Agatha Christie, was Greenway House, several miles up the River Dart from Dartmouth). Despite its robust repairs, the ship began leaking again before it had left the English coast behind. Pilgrim William Bradford, who later earned the title of Governor of the Plymouth Colony, suspected that the crew were sabotaging the vessel. Bradford believed that they 'ploted this strategem to free themselves' from the struggles of travelling to the New World.

There was no choice but to leave the Speedwell behind. Many of its passengers joined those on the Mayflower and continued to sail to America, now in cramped conditions. After a treacherous journey, the Mayflower reached Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on 21 November, and a crucial chapter in Anglo-American history began.

The first area of southeast Massachusetts to be settled was named after Dartmouth.

Dartmouth's Role in the Mayflower 400 Celebrations

On display in Bayard's Cove is a plaque presented to Dartmouth in 1955 by descendants of the Mayflower's passengers, commemorating the period the ship was moored there. Referring to the Mayflower Compact (the colonists' rules for self-governance that paved the way for the United States Constitution), the plaque emphasises, 'Dartmouth took part in establishing civil and religious liberty'.

The town will play a leading role in the Mayflower 400, a series of exciting events planned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the famous vessel's voyage in 2020. Dartmouth's residents and visitors will witness the 'return' of the Mayflower when a stunning replica drops anchor in Bayard's Cove.

The replica Mayflower is set to be joined by around 100 other vessels, highlighting the town's rich seafaring heritage and creating an unforgettable spectacle.

Seated Titles in Dartmouth – Ideal for Enhancing Your Status

In the run-up to 2020 and beyond, Dartmouth's profile is bound to grow and grow. What's more, the Mayflower's anniversary will undoubtedly strengthen the bonds between the UK and US. As the team behind the Mayflower 400 celebrations in Dartmouth points out, around 1.5 million Americans are interested in visiting the UK as a result of the anniversary.

Now is the ideal time to purchase a presumed title with a small parcel of land (20 cm x 20 cm) in Devon's historic harbour town. Thanks to our Seated Titles, you'll not only be legally able to call yourself Lord and Lady (or another title of your choice – there are 15 title options) but also own a piece of Anglo-American history. Treating yourself to a Seated Title, with its close connection to Dartmouth, is a fantastic way to enhance your social status.

Imagine stepping out as Lord and Lady of Dartmouth (or any place name you desire) for show purposes and impressing everyone you encounter! Simply CLICK HERE to see details of available place names and take your first step towards the high life.

You choose your title and the name of the land – and we'll do the rest!

All-Inclusive, Premium Service from Elite Titles

You can purchase your Seated Title in Dartmouth exclusively from Elite Titles for only £995. This all-inclusive price includes everything you need to enjoy a taste of the high life:

  • An elite title for one or two applicants
  • The cost of the land
  • All Land Registry fees and Title Registration fees
  • All legal costs associated with the transfer of ownership of the land
  • All title documentation – we'll produce a beautifully presented title package especially for you
  • Worldwide delivery of all title documentation – you can buy a Seated Title even if you don't live in the UK or aren't a British citizen

Another advantage of Seated Titles is that the land parcel is inheritable so can be passed on to your children or anyone else you choose in your Will.

Upgrade your lifestyle and forge links with Devon's historic harbour town as it enters a particularly exciting period with a Seated Title. CLICK HERE to buy yours today.


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