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Pilgrims and Prophet's Group Tour

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This tour explores the story of how the Reformation ‘stalled’ and led to the rise of puritanism in the shape of Richard Bernard of Worksop and Richard Clyfton at Babworth. We learn about their views and how some chose to ‘separate’ from the Church of England. Visit places of great significance in the puritan and pilgrim story illustrating the various themes; Boston, Monksthorpe, Willoughby, Alford,Spilsby. Individual Days from this tour can be accommodate, please get in touch.

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Region: England

Length: 3 days / 2 nights

Transport options: Vehicle Hire

Start and End: Flexible

Price: Please enquire for prices

Inclusions: 2 nights B&B and hotel, car hire with insurance, Entrance fees, Guides, sightseeing bus, Info Pack, maps, taxes, fees and financial protection.

Exclusions: GPS system, meals other than breakfast, optional activities unless stated, Flights, Tips, Visa's

Pilgrims and Prophet's Group Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Worksop - Babworth - Scrooby - Austerfield - Epworth or Gainsborough - Return via Sturton and/or Littleborough

We explore the story of how the Reformation ‘stalled’ and led to the rise of puritanism in the shape of Richard Bernard of Worksop and Richard Clyfton at Babworth. We learn about their views and how some chose to ‘separate’ from the Church of England, as we move on to Scrooby where they then met in the home of William Brewster.

Day 2: Gainsborough Old Hall (assuming Epworth on Day 1) - Glentworth - Lincoln Cathedral and Castle

We visit Gainsborough where John Smyth formed his congregation that may have used the Old Hall, a unique Tudor building of great interest in its own right. We can hear tales of the Vikings and later of the great preacher Thomas Cooper, who came from here. AtGlentworth see the amazing family tomb including Isabel Wray, hostess of the famous 1606 separatist ‘summit meeting’. Then to Lincoln to see the remains of the earliest Christian church where Bede recorded miracles occurring; visit to Lincoln Cathedral with its associations with Anne Askew; optional visit to the castle to see the Magna Carta and where early Baptists/Quakers were imprisoned.

Day 3: Boston - Monksthorpe - Willoughby/Alford - Spilsby

Four places have great significance in the puritan and pilgrim story illustrate the various themes. Boston - home of the author of Foxe's Book of Martyrs and the highly influential Rev John Cotton who escaped to New England in the 1630s. It is also where the Pilgrims were imprisoned briefly after their first escape attempt. Monksthorpe – an early Baptist church of great interest Willoughby – home of Capt. John Smith (of Pocahontas fame) with several notable memorials Alford – home of Ann Hutchinson, associate of Cotton who sparked the antinomianism controversy when she went to New England. Spilsby – tomb of Katherine Willoughby, influential puritan noblewoman.

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