Pilgrims & Prophets is a social enterprise managed by Christians from local churches in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Our goal is to share our region’s rich Christian heritage and celebrate its present day church community and fellowship. We want to help all people – young and old, believers or others – to understand how Christians from this region have shaped the world; through doing this we hope to build local pride in our community and to build links with Christians across the world.







Members of The Well Church in Retford are working with members of other local churches to develop interest in the area’s unique Christian history. From an area of 30 miles around Bassetlaw came many great figures of Christian history and some significant revivalists who shaped our Faith across the whole world.


The area’s heritage includes the ‘Mayflower’ Pilgrims, a number of great puritan writers, the founders of the Baptist tradition, the first and distinctively charismatic Quaker congregations, the Wesleys and many more. The area produced a number of significant influences on American Christianity and politics but is especially important for local people developing ideas of religious liberty for all that crossed the Atlantic with Roger Williams and influenced the American Constitution.





From the villages and market towns of a quiet corner of England, men and women have for centuries set out on spiritual and geographical quests to change the world. This book is the story of how a few people have influenced hundreds of millions of others across the globe, over the last few centuries and down to the present day.


A small area of north Nottinghamshire and west Lincolnshire has had a huge impact on the development of the Christian faith, since 1540 especially. From this area have come of the great martyrs of the English Reformation, the leading puritans of Elizabethan England, the "Separatists" who became the "Mayflower" Pilgrims, and the founders of the Baptist, Quaker and Methodist denominations.


Adrian Gray's book provides an outline of the story and a detailed commentary on what should be known or seen in some of the key places of the region either side of the River Trent. It is a story of martyrdom, sacrifice and unbelievable bravery, of shipwreck, cannibalism and yet extraordinary service to others, of miracles and the spread of the Gospel.


Price £12.99 + £1.50 p&p


ISBN 9780992785741



You can order copies from the publisher, Bookworm Retford, at telephone 01777 869224 or email sales@bookwormretford.co.uk. Churches can also act as wholesalers so please contact the publisher for trade prices.




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