Mayflower Pilgrim Visitor Centre

Mayflower Pilgrim Visitor Centre The story of folk from around Retford who stood for freedom of the people against State and Church, leading their followers to found modern day America.

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12/11/2020
Pilgrim Roots

Pilgrim Roots

Scrooby, home of pilgrim elder William Brewster and his family in the 17th century, helped shape the story of #WhereItAllBegan.

WE ARE REOPENING!!!Come and spend time learning about these very special people who changed the world! Retford Hub open ...
05/08/2020

WE ARE REOPENING!!!
Come and spend time learning about these very special people who changed the world! Retford Hub open from 10am Thursday 6th August. Tickets available.

01/07/2020

Sadly despite the latest release from lockdown, we currently unable to reopen the museum. It is not possible to keep social distances. Hoping to complete a video tour soon!

My Mayflower - Mayflower 400
13/06/2020
My Mayflower - Mayflower 400

My Mayflower - Mayflower 400

Mayflower 400 UK is presenting two new series of digital programmes in the build-up to the 400-year anniversary of ship's historic voyage on 16 September 2020.

Mayflower 400 UK
12/06/2020

Mayflower 400 UK

Join us this Saturday from 5pm (UK time) for the latest edition of our Virtual Voyages series 🎥

We'll be exploring the historic villages clustered together in north Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire where two of the leading figures in the #Mayflower story - William Brewster and William Bradford - were born ⚓️

There's also the chance to peek inside centuries-old churches that go to the very origins of the Mayflower story, as well as the new Pilgrim Gallery in nearby Retford that tells their stories 📖

You can watch Virtual Voyages: The Homes of Brewster and Bradford on our website or here on our page 🎥

Find out more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3g8TkMa

📸 St Wilfred’s Church in Scrooby

#mayflower400 #mayflower400uk #pilgrimroots

Lovely review... Why not come and explore? Ideal visit for half term. Open daily from 10am.
22/10/2019

Lovely review... Why not come and explore? Ideal visit for half term. Open daily from 10am.

Retford Life
23/09/2019

Retford Life

Save the date! #Retford will see this year's Pilgrims Festival Lantern Parade held on Friday 22nd November http://ow.ly/oNdf50whNir

The Mayflower was an English ship that transported the first English Puritans, known today as the Pilgrims, from Plymout...
17/09/2019

The Mayflower was an English ship that transported the first English Puritans, known today as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth, England to the New World in 1620. There were 102 passengers, and the crew is estimated to have been about 30, but the exact number is unknown.
Come and find out more about this fascinating story

Have you explored our local area. More information available now at Retford Hub.11 Churchgate, Retford01777 860414
29/07/2019

Have you explored our local area. More information available now at Retford Hub.
11 Churchgate, Retford
01777 860414

Imagine the logistics of getting all those people from all over the country to a single rendezvous in Southampton - no p...
26/07/2019
Mayflower Passengers List - an interactive guide | Mayflower

Imagine the logistics of getting all those people from all over the country to a single rendezvous in Southampton - no phones or internet, just messages delivered by foot - Brewster - the man behind the mission was extremely clever and knew it wasn't possible! So what did happen?

An interactive map guide to the Mayflower passenger list including the Pilgrims, non-separatists, servants, and crew

Local affordable art on display at Retford Hub.Lunch as well as a museum visit...Open daily from 10am.
10/04/2019

Local affordable art on display at Retford Hub.
Lunch as well as a museum visit...
Open daily from 10am.

Retford Hub
06/03/2019

Retford Hub

Interesting information... why not book a tour for your group or club...
Visit Retford Hub to find out more!

Council worker Mike Dawe applies fresh gold paint on Nov. 26, 1974 to the monument marking the spot in Plymouth’s Sutton...
28/12/2018

Council worker Mike Dawe applies fresh gold paint on Nov. 26, 1974 to the monument marking the spot in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbor, England, United Kingdom, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in small boats for the 180-ton ship “Mayflower” in 1620. The date, in the old Julian calendar, was the Sept. 6, 1620. Ninety-six days later, on Dec. 11,1 620 they came ashore and began a settlement at Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, which had been named by captain John Smith six years before. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

27/12/2018

An article on BBC news online on the plans to restore and reopen Plymouth's Elizabethan House for the Mayflower 400 by Hayley Westcott

Funding boost for Plymouth building ahead of Mayflower 400

Plans to restore and reopen Plymouth's Elizabethan House for the Mayflower 400 celebrations have been given a boost.

The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government announced on Tuesday that a grant of £44,208 for the project is to be awarded from the Coastal Revival Fund.

The city's council is fully restoring the building so that it can play a key part in the Mayflower 400 commemorations and beyond.

The grant will fund development of the final designs for the restoration and the interpretation phases of the project.

The restoration work of the building includes a small two-storey extension to the back of the building, which will provide space for new toilets, a kitchen for staff and storage.

It will also support the deteriorated rear wall of the Grade II star listed building.

Quote Message: We've just unveiled our full plans for Mayflower 400 and this amazing building is going to play its part in attracting visitors and telling local people the stories of those who lived in this house. Funding is always a challenge, so this is extremely welcome news. The work will ensure that the historic fabric of the house is preserved but at the same time ensure it is fit for the public to visit." from Councillor Peter Smith Deputy leader of Plymouth City Council

We've just unveiled our full plans for Mayflower 400 and this amazing building is going to play its part in attracting visitors and telling local people the stories of those who lived in this house. Funding is always a challenge, so this is extremely welcome news. The work will ensure that the historic fabric of the house is preserved but at the same time ensure it is fit for the public to visit."
Councillor Peter SmithDeputy leader of Plymouth City Council

Mayflower 400 will mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers. The Mayflower arrived in "New Plymouth", Massachusetts on 21 December, 1620 at a spot now known as Plymouth Rock.

More about Sturtons story.
05/12/2018

More about Sturtons story.

WHERE TO VISIT IN PILGRIM ROOTS COUNTRY: STURTON

We are pleased to say that we are going to speak with Sturton le Steeple Parish Council this week about plans to mark the 2020 anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims with some form of memorial in the village. This is great news as we reckon that, per head of population, Sturton must qualify as one of the most influential villages in Christian history (excluding Nazareth etc....).

Most of the attention has been on Sturton as the home village of John Robinson, the 'pastor of the Pilgrims', who actually played a secondary role until after they had migrated to the Netherlands in 1608. Just before then, Robinson famously preached illegally in the village church and many people from Retford were charged with 'gadding' - illegally going to another parish!

Because historians have concentrated on the 'Mayflower' era, they have missed the significance of this. This is because it reflects the radical tradition of the village long before Robinson. One of the most important Protestant martyrs in England came from here - John Lassells, who was burnt in 1546 along with Anne Askew (Ayscough) for rejecting trans-substantiation; had he lived a couple of more years, Archbishop Cranmer might have caught up with him. Lassells' origins here reflect the impact of Sir John Hercy of Grove, an ardent local reformer, some of whose descendants were present at Robinson's illegal sermon. The Lassells family is a fascinating tale in its own right....but not enough time for that today!

Barely forty years later the village sent John Smyth off to Cambridge, from which he returned as a radical nonconformist who was a leader in local separatism. He was perhaps the greatest influence on the move to the Netherlands, where he made the monumental decision to become a Baptist; his erstwhile friend Thomas Helwys then brought Baptists beliefs back to England.

A few years after Smyth, Robinson also left Sturton for Cambridge, and also followed a radical route. Coincidence? Unlikely, but we can only speculate at the local puritan gentry who handpicked bright young men to be the next generation of preachers. Smyth's links to the Wray family we now know of, Robinson's we are less sure of.

Robinson returned to Sturton briefly to find a bride in the White family, and of course his sister in law married John Carver and carried her Sturton memories to the New World. Intriguingly, no one knows where John Carver was from - but there were Carvers in Sturton and Robinson must have trusted him to choose him as leader....sadly the parish records have been lost.

So we can probably argue that the foundation of the Congregational and Baptist traditions (refounding in the latter case, by some arguments) started here - but as to memorials we have a road sign (pictured), a church that was rebuilt after a fire in the 1800s, a famous Foxe print of Lassells' ex*****on, and for Robinson we have a house that is 'believed' to have been his - and a memorial in Leiden.

If you'd like to visit Sturton le Steeple, Pilgrims & Prophets are the only community tour operator who have researched the full Christian heritage of this village. While here, we also recommend going two miles down the road to Littleborough - where the first Christian baptisms ever in our local 'kingdom' took place in the River Trent in the 7th century. It makes the area a brilliant centre for Christian history.

A fascinating read which clearly underlines that many of the Pilgrim Fathers came from local villages.... definitely NOT...
03/10/2018
The dark and uncomfortable truth about the Mayflower Pilgrims

A fascinating read which clearly underlines that many of the Pilgrim Fathers came from local villages.... definitely NOT Plymouth!!!

Meet the REAL Mayflower Pilgrims. They weren't from Plymouth, they may have eaten each other, and they landed in the wrong place

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The Pilgrim events in Plymouth 50 years ago. Do we know what happened in Retford?
An excellent exhibition, very well documented and put together. A "must see".......