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Mayflower reconstruction
A reconstruction of the Mayflower on which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed

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The Scrooby Pilgrims

New Beginnings

Scrooby, a quintessentially English village in north Nottinghamshire. Who would have thought it was once a hot bed of religious controversy? Men from Scrooby initiated the emigration of the 'Pilgrim Fathers' to America in 1620 on board the Mayflower.

In 1606, dissatisfied with the corruption and lapse nature of the Church of England, religious separatists in the village broke away from the established church and its head, James VI & I. These Separatists wanted to commit themselves to a simpler kind of life based on Bible teachings. Unlike the Puritans, who hoped to reform the church from within, the Separatists believed they could only achieve their objectives by divorcing themselves from the Church of England. In a period when the Church and State were intrinsically linked, this was always going to be a controversial move. More...

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Your comments

1 Jane Bradford Cook from Utica,New York USA - 5 December 2003
"How far is Scrooby from London?"

2 Mike Gadd from Nottingham originally - 25 November 2003
"Have you anything on the Laxton three field (medieval system, does it still exist? "




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