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 worshipped 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.
The United Reformed Church in Gainsborough also stands as a memorial to John Robinson, pastor of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Robinson was one of the leaders in the planning of the voyage to America.
Pilgrim Roots links together Pilgrims’ heritage sites and history across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire allowing visitors to discover the rich heritage of the region. To find out what’s happening in the region go to www.pilgrimroots.co.uk.
Take a look the Mayflower 400 video below that tells you about the locations in the Pilgrim Roots 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 where you can enjoy free, self-guided walks and driving tours of each of the villages, towns and cities connected to the Mayflower.
In Gainsborough, you’ll discover a wealth of heritage and things to do. Explore the town’s fascinating heritage, discover arts and culture or find a great shopping experience including the award winning Marshall’s Yard.
Go to our Visit page to find out more.
Mayflower 400 2020 Programme
Join in with spectacular events that will commemorate this significant historical moment and discover fascinating places to visit throughout 2020. Read the Mayflower 400 2020 Programme.
16 November 2019 Illuminate, Gainsborough – more details
28 November 2019 The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 Celebration Performance – more details
For more events across the Pilgrim Roots region go to their website.
24 September 2019 Artist Workshops come to Gainsborough
25 June 2019 Leading Separatists in the Pilgrim Roots Region
18 June 2019 Pilgrim Trails Newsletter June 2019