Some of the most well-known Mayflower Pilgrims came from places in and around North Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands of England.
These people were religious Separatists, who wanted to break away from the Church of England to form their own church because they disagreed with how the Church and the State wanted them to live their lives. Of 102 people on the Mayflower, the Separatists made up 41 passengers.
William Brewster was a leading figure in the group here, and later at Plymouth in Massachusetts, where they established their colony. William Bradford, the second Governor of the Plymouth colony, was strongly influenced by Brewster, and came from nearby Austerfield. These men and their families were led by religious men here, who eventually inspired them to leave England, firstly for Holland, then later for America. Their p