Who were the Pilgrims? Where did they come from? Where did they go, and why?

Four centuries ago, a group of people decided to leave England in search of religious freedom. They sailed first to Holland, and later some of them sailed to America on board the Mayflower. These men, women and children began their lives in the East Midlands of England – coming from rural areas of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire.

Pilgrim Roots is a partnership of local authorities, tourism organisations, community interest groups and heritage sites with a shared interest in Pilgrims’ heritage across three counties. The Roots group are working together to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage in 2020 alongside our key themes of tolerance, freedom, journeys and migration – connected to the roots of the Mayflower¬†story and other Pilgrim stories from this period.