LOCAL HISTORY GROUP
We meet on the second Tuesday of the month, 10am at members’ houses or places of special interest
Next Meeting: Tuesday 11 February is to the National Civil War Centre on Appleton Gate, Newark NG24 1JY. Meet at the centre at 10.30am. Entry costs £7 for over 65’s, others £8. Newark was a Royalist stronghold in the Civil War, besieged three times and surrounded by massive earthworks, some of which still remain. In May 1646 the final six-month siege ended when Charles 1st surrendered to one of the three besieging armies, that of the Scottish Covenanters, who started to take him up to Scotland. However, when the English Parliament paid the Scots their wages, they handed Charles, their King, over to the English, effectively ending the First Civil War. There is a car park close by on Appleton Gate, and another on King’s Road opposite Morrisons, which also has a large car park (walk through the gitty to Appleton Gate from the King’s Road car park).
Following Meeting: Tuesday 10 March is a trip to the Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford, meet at the museum entrance at 10.30am. 400 years ago, this year, the Pilgrim Fathers set sail in the Mayflower. Richard Clyfton was the vicar of Babworth Church, near Retford, from 1586. He was a radical ”dissenting” preacher, attracting William Brewster of Scrooby, and William Bradford, of Austerfield, to his congregation. In 1604 he was thrown out by the Church of England, and started up a dissenting “Brownist“ church in Scrooby Manor, north of Retford, William Brewster’s home. William Brewster was the leader of the Pilgrim Fathers, and William Bradford was the diarist who recorded the establishment of Plymouth in North America. There is a new gallery in Bassetlaw Museum about these pilgrims. We may also visit the Mayflower Pilgrim Centre in Retford, a private concern, entry fee £2.50. On the return home we can visit Babworth Church, where it all started, which is only a couple of miles from the centre of Retford.
Our January meeting was a visit to the new Heritage Centre in Wirksworth, which is a very well-presented, small museum with a great café and shop. Sally, the Trust chairwoman, gave us an interesting talk on the history of Wirksworth from its origins in pre-Roman Britain; lead mining from Roman times; the warm springs which disappeared when a sough from the lead mines stole the water; the Barmote Court which still sits today but no longer sentences thieves to having their hand nailed to the wall; Puzzle Gardens; Haarlem Mill and red tape; some literary connections, Daniel Defoe, George Elliot and D. H. Lawrence; the Wirksworth Project which has saved and transformed the town; and right up-to-date with the star disc and the opening of the new Heritage Centre last year. We then toured the displays, accessed the media, completed virtual jigsaws, and some of us even crawled into the dream cave. Well worth a visit.
There was no group meeting in December due to the proximity of Christmas.
If you are interested in joining the Group or would like to find out more about it, please get in touch with the Group Co-ordinator through the CONTACT page on this website.
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