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Rev. John's Church
Mr. Paulick, a self described amateur Pilgrim historian living in San Rafael, California, after doing considerable reading concerning the early Pilgrim church in England and then in Leiden, Holland, became intrigued with the unsuccessfil attempts of early researchers to locate the church from which Rev. John Robinson was separated and set forth "to locate the parish register birth records to identify the church that John Robinson referred to" in a letter written from Leiden to a friend about 1609.

Mr. Paulick's research resulted in an article, John Robinson, Pastor of the Pilgrims, in Norwich 1603-1607, that appeared in The New England Historical and Genealogicla Register, Vol. 155, Whole No. 620, October 2001, pages 359-366. From that research he found baptismal records for two of the Robinson children, John (1605) and Bridgett (1606/07), and established that Rev. John was in Norwich as late as 1606/1607.

Of particular interest was information regarding the church in which John says he was "sometymes a minister", St. Andrew's, and also the discovery that the children were baptised in a nearby but different parish church, St. Peter's Hundage.

The article is well researched and well written and should be in every Robinson researcher’s personal reference file. Read this article for information about the churches, the community and John's activities at this time. As part of his interest in Rev. John's history, Mr. Paulick took pictures of the two churches and the baptismal font in St. Peter's Hungate where the children were baptized. He has very graciously allowed them to be published on this site. The photos and Mr. Paulick's descriptions follow.

 


Font, St. Peter's Hungate Parish Church, Norwich, Norfolk, England. John Robinson's children, John and Bridgett, were baptised in this font in 1605 and 1606/07. See FHL microfilm # 1526324. Note that wooden cover was added later.
Photo taken by Michael R. Paulick, San Rafael, CA March, 2003


St. Peter’s Hungate Parish Church, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Built 1460 on the corner of Elm Hill and Princes Street. This was the parish church of John Robinson who had children John and Bridgett baptised there in 1605 and 1606/07. See FHL microfilm # 1526324.
Photo taken by Michael R. Paulick, San Rafael, CA

St. Peter’s Hungate Parish Church tower, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Built 1460 on the corner of Elm Hill and Princes Street. This was the parish church of John Robinson who had children John and Bridgett baptised there in 1605 and 1606/07.
See FHL microfilm # 1526324.
Photograph by Michael R. Paulick, San Rafael, CA



The Briton Arms, next to St. Peter’s Hungate Parish churchyard (wall). Norwich, Norfolk, England. It is almost certain that John Robinson walked past this building when he lived in that parish during the period 1603 to 1607. Photograph by Michael R. Paulick, San Rafael, CA

Elm Hill District, St. Peter’s Hungate Parish, Norwich, Norfolk, England. It is almost certain that John Robinson walked along this street when he lived in that parish during the period 1603 to 1607. Most of the buildings predate that time. His address is unknown but he might have lived in one of the houses shown.
Photograph by Michael R. Paulick, San Rafael, CA

St. Andrew’s Church, Norwich, Norfolk, England where John Robinson was “sometymes a minister” probably during the period 1603 to 1606. He was suspended about 1606.
Photograph by Michael R. Paulick, San Rafael, CA
 

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