A to Z Challenge: A Free Virtual Tour to SCROOBY, England, in Honor of the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower

The Joyous Living: A Virtual Tour of SCROOBY in honor of 400th Anniversary of Mayflower

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With the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower fast approaching, many had made plans to travel to see the lands of their forefathers. Things are uncertain now about travel and celebrations both in the United Kingdom and the United States due to Covid-19 so allow me to share a virtual tour of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England, from which Elder William Brewster and his family hailed.

Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of The Mayflower with a Virtual Tour of Scrooby #scrooby #mayflower #history #pilgrims #ancestry #atozchallenge #thejoyousliving

Scrooby’s Connection to Elder William Brewster

Elder William Brewster lived at The Manor House where first his father, also named William, and then himself held the position of postmaster of Scrooby.

After becoming a Puritan, Brewster invited John Robinson and Richard Clifton, leaders of the Brownist Church, to hold church meetings in their manor house in Scrooby before it became too dangerous to hold such meetings and they fled (illegally at the time) to Holland.

Where is Scrooby?

Mayflower Trail by British Heritage
Pilgrim Country Map (c) British Heritage

Scrooby is a small village in North Nottinghamshire just south of Bawtry.

What to See in Scrooby?

The village is so small that it is said it would only take you 1-2 hours on foot to explore the area.

The 3 main areas of interest are:

The Manor House (privately owned)

Scrooby Manor Photograph taken in 19th century

Tours are not given of the remnants of the farmhouse but it can be best viewed from Station Road to the south of the site.

The Pilgrim Fathers Pub

Pilgrim Fathers Pub Sign
(c) British Heritage Travel

The town pub is named after the American Founding Fathers (including Scrooby’s own William Brewster). It is recommended on your trek along the Mayflower Trail since “much of the local story is told in artifacts and replicas at Scrooby’s village pub.”

St. Wilfrids Church (Church of England)

A Grade II listed parish church dating back to the 15th century. Before becoming a Puritan, William Brewster and his family worshipped at Scrooby Church.

Brewster Pews at Scrooby Church
(c) Pilgrim Fathers Origins

There are 3 benches, known as the Brewster Pews, in the south aisle of St. Wilfrids Church. They have panelled bench ends and richly hand-carved backs with bands of vines and bunches of grapes and possibly date from the 16th century. One bench forms a divide between the east end of the south aisle and the rest of the aisle.

What Else to Do in the Area?

Since Scrooby is such a small village, you’ll want to make your visit a part of a larger pilgrimage. British Heritage Travel has a suggested Mayflower Trail that you can take on your own through Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this informal tour of Scrooby. Will you be planning a trip along the Mayflower Trail in honor of the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower?

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41 Comments

  1. I LOVE that your shared a virtual tour with us! Definitely a nice way to feel like you’ve explored somewhere new while you’re at home. Thank you bunches 🙂

  2. I sense another Brewster family Wikipedia rabbit hole adventure coming on! I’d never guess that this small town that I’ve never heard of would have such an interesting history and connection with America.

  3. Is this the same with Mystic Manor from Disney Land? I am learning a lot from history on your site. Great research!

  4. Wow! I discovered a lot of new info about England. It’s very interesting. Thanks for taking us to the virtual tour.

  5. this looks like a great tour, especially for someone that is really into history. i have to show my boyfriends son. he would love this.

  6. I must be getting old — I thought it said Scooby at first. I was confused! This was a nice virtual tour — since this is our only type of traveling right now. Thank you for sharing!

  7. It’s strange just how little about the pilgrims or the Mayflower is taught in uk history, until this post I hadn’t even heard of Scrooby, but now I do and when we can travel again ans I’m down south, I’ll have make a trip an have a pint in the pilgrim fathers

  8. Great to have a virtual tour. It feels really good to read about some place and dream oif beign out of your house haha

  9. That’s wonderful and I always love to explore someplace new. Thanks for the introduction of a new town in England – Knycx Journeying

  10. J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author
    April 26, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Interesting. Lots of history there.

    I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

  11. How fun! Thanks for the virtual tour and all the information. It’s great that you’ve done this since so many cannot travel right now.

  12. I love history and virtual tours! This was awesome. I know a lot about the Mayflower on the American side, so this was really cool to see the British side. And I wish that I could get a tour of that manor house. I love peeking at places like that!

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