Historians interested in the Pilgrim Fathers will enjoy
Austerfield, birthplace of William Bradford. Just four miles away
is Scrooby, home of his fellow pilgrim William Brewster. This
area of Bassetlaw, North Nottinghamshire has many historical
landmarks relating to the early days of the Pilgrim Fathers.
St Helena’s Church
The church lies behind its churchyard on the main road. Why not Park in the lay-by in front of the churchyard? William Bradford was born in the village of Austerfield in the winter of 1589-90 and was baptised in St Helena’s Church. In 1591 his father died and he was sent to live with his grandfather. As a young man he grew increasingly interested in the sculptures and was inspired by the preaching of Richard Clyfton. In 1606 he joined the Scrooby congregation. He became a gifted member of the separatists and rose to become one of the leading pilgrim father and principal figures in 17th century New England.
Pilgrim country nestles on the crossroads of four counties Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. An area of 50 square miles compromising of picturesque villages and charming market towns, pilgrim country overlaps the district of Bassetlaw, an unspoilt part of North Nottinghamshire, and south Yorkshire a county rich in culture and heritage.
The Mayflower trail takes one on a circular tour, visiting the historic sites associated with William Bradford and William Brewster whose lives are so well documented.
Retford Tourist Information Centre
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40 Grove Street, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6LD