An unusual historical day out is being planned by the community group Pilgrims and Prophets, giving the people of Worksop, Retford and Gainsborough the chance to explore some fascinating community history from the period 1500 to 1800. Working as part of local efforts to promote interest in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire history, this tour will travel eastwards into the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds to visit the unique historical chapels of Monksthorpe and Raithby. Monksthorpe is a 17th century Baptist chapel built alone amidst the fields, allegedly to protect its congregation from persecution. Now it is the only Baptist chapel run by the National Trust!
At Raithby the tour will visit the very first Methodist chapel ever built — surprisingly it is in a farmyard, and largely unchanged since the 1780s. It is hoped that the tour will also be able to visit the extraordinary tomb of the Duchess of Suffolk at Spilsby; she is famous as Henry VIII’s ‘last love’ and once escaped from England dressed as a serving girl to avoid the clutches of ‘Bloody Mary’. Here as well, you will be able to come face to face with the legendary Lincolnshire ‘Green Man.’
The plan is to have a picnic lunch in the grounds at Monksthorpe, where shelter will be available if necessary. Who knows — you may want to try the original outdoor baptistry. The tour on Saturday 1st July, complete with travel and guide, costs £16. You can book by calling Maggy on 01777 702561 or 07463 680709, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a letter to Pilgrims and Prophets c/o The Well, Hospital Road, Retford.