The West of England is an ancient auto-sexing breed that has existed in Great Britain prior to 1600. The history is rather vague, but it is likely the auto-sexing attributes of the breed were developed over many centuries without the influence of foreign breeds.

Although they are a different breed to the Pilgrim they are likely to feature in its ancestry. The first West of England geese were likely to have been exported to the New World at the time of the Pilgrim Fathers. The current struggle is to find pure stock.