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Not Plymouth… but Notts: Why the Pilgrim journey began here

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The journey of the ‘Mayflower’ Pilgrims did not begin in Plymouth, Southampton or even Leiden, but in Nottinghamshire many years before. Adrian Gray’s talk explores the roots of the movement that really began with Cranmer and Sir John Markham, then developed into a radical tradition from which Clifton, Brewster, Smyth and other Separatists sprang. It reconnects the Pilgrims with the culture and attitudes of their native north Nottinghamshire, with a dash of Lincolnshire. But also shows how this then connected forwards into some of the great names of the English Civil War.

Adrian Gray studied history at Cambridge and is an education management consultant. He has written more than twenty books including ‘Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries’, ‘Restless Souls, Pilgrim Roots’ about the development of Christianity in Notts, and ‘People and Places of North Notts.’ He is an adviser to the community history projects Pilgrims & Prophets and Bassetlaw Christian Heritage and a NLHA committee member.

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