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Pilgrim Roots

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts.

Gainsborough has a special connection to the Mayflower anniversary as separatist movements originated in this region that led them on their journey to America.

A group of Separatists were thought to have worshiped in secret at Gainsborough Old Hall – now regarded as one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in Britain – with the permission of its sympathetic owner, merchant William Hickman. Their preacher, John Smyth, was a strong influence on the Mayflower Pilgrims, and is generally considered to have later been a founder of the Baptist churches.

Pilgrim Roots links together Pilgrims’ heritage sites and history across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire allowing visitors to discover the rich heritage of the region.

Learn more about the history below or for more information about the Mayflower400 project please visit their website. You can also download the Mayflower 400 app which allows visitors enjoy free, guided walks and driving tours of each of the villages, towns and cities connected to the Mayflower.

Latest News

21 May 2019  Opening of the new Mayflower Room in Gainsborough with special dance performances

16 May 2019  Mayflower 400 Launches Self Guided Tours App


Take a journey through history and travel along the Pilgrim Line connecting Lincoln, Saxilby, Gainsborough and Doncaster by train.

For more information click here.