Scrooby & Babworth, Nottinghamshire

The leading religious Separatists who voyaged to America in 1620 were originally from the Bassetlaw area of Nottinghamshire, where their beliefs were shaped. Regarded as dangerous religious renegades who rejected fundamental principles of the State and the established Church of England, they worshipped in secret to avoid arrest and persecution.

Among them was William Brewster who was brought up in Scrooby. Inspired by the radical words of Richard Clifton, the rector of nearby All Saints' Church, Babworth, Brewster is believed to have founded a Separatist Church in his family home - the (privately owned) manor house at Scrooby. He was fined for non-attendance at St. Wilfrid’s Church in Scrooby but was respected as an elder and spiritual guide, and played a significant role in the congregation’s later journeys.

The delightful All Saints’ Church dates back to the 15th century, Richard Clifton was parson here from 1586 until 1605. The church contains many interesting items recalling the Pilgrims.

The Pilgrim Roots trail includes Scrooby, Babworth and other nearby destination including Gainsborough, Austerfield, Retford and Boston.



Visiting Nottinghamshire

Scrooby and Babworth area in the Bassetlaw district of north Nottinghamshire. Today, the county is also well known for the city of Nottingham, Sherwood Forest - the Home of Robin Hood and being a centre of cultural, sporting and retail excellence. The surrounding countryside of Nottinghamshire has beautiful rural English villages, art galleries, excellent food and significant heritage.

Follow the Pilgrim Roots itinerary through north Nottinghamshire and take time to visit some of the county’s highlights


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