Stories from the History of Clarborough

7pm for 7.30pm, Tuesday 28th September 2021 at the Church of St John the Baptist Church Lane, Clarborough, DN22 9NQ

On Tuesday 28th September 2021, at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start, local historians Adrian Gray and Kath Sutton will give talks about some of the stories from the fascinating history of Clarborough.

The event will start at 7.30pm with Kath Sutton speaking about the history of Clarborough village since the Enclosure Act with some insights into the stories behind some of the very old tombs in the graveyard. Kath is the author of a paperback on the subject – Clarborough and Welham from 1778, published by Bookworm, Retford.

Following a refreshments interval, when cake and sparkling wine (or a non-alcoholic alternative) will be served, the well-known historian, Adrian Gray will shine a light on three people connected with the church history of Clarborough village – Brooks, Hodge and George Fletcher.

Photo of Adrian Gray
Historian and speaker Adrian Gray

Adrian not only runs tours and talks for Pilgrims and Prophets but has written number of books on a variety of subjects. People and Places of Bassetlaw, North Nottinghamshire contains information on many of the towns and villages including Clarborough and is also published by Bookworm, Retford.

There will be a suggested donation of £6 per person for entry, payable on the door, and there will also be a raffle.

The event is to raise funds for BCH, which works across the area, within a radius approximately 30 miles from Retford, focusing on the wide-ranging heritage of the people who have lived here and have gone on to influence the world. The Mayflower Pilgrims, with the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving this year, are one of the most famous of these groups.

BCH receives no regular funding from any organisation or individual and relies entirely on donations. For further information, please contact or or see the website

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Habblesthorpe – The Lost Village With Baptist History
We explore the lost Nottinghamshire village of Habblesthorpe and its links to the early Baptists. We discover tress, bushes and some graves, plus links to Baptist founders John Smyth and Thomas Helwys from the early 1600s.
Littleborough. Romans, Kings & Saints
Littleborough is a small Nottinghamshire village with a remarkable history stretching back 2000 years. In this tour, local historian Adrian Gray explores the village’s hidden past – from early Roman times to present day. We follow in the footsteps of Kings, Saints and Christians who came to this place on the banks of the River Trent.
The Nottinghamshire Prophetess (1641)
In 1641, two young women died suddenly after a wedding – but one came back from the dead, prophesying terrible things if England did not repent. Then, a few days later, she died again. Historian Adrian Gray investigates this bizarre story from a turbulent era.
The Battling Puritan – Richard Bernard
Richard Bernard was a puritan nonconformist, sometime a separatist, who battled away against the Church authorities in early 1600s England. He knew the Mayflower Pilgrim leaders, the men who began the English Baptist Church, was the father in law of Roger Williams of Rhode Island and probably influenced John Bunyan. Adrian Gray tells his life story.

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