Easter at Salem

I always like mentioning events at East Budleigh's Salem Chapel. It's such a beautifully restored building with a wonderful atmosphere. And although the building is not named after the American city it always moves me to think of this tiny East Devon village associated so closely with the history of the United States. Sir Walter Raleigh, born just outside the village at Hayes Barton, is well known of course. But born not so long after him in East Budleigh was Roger Conant, the English dissenter and leader of a group of fisherman, who sought refuge across the Atlantic to practise his religious beliefs and founded Salem, Massachusetts.

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