William Bradford of Austerfield, a small village near Doncaster, became the second elected Governor of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1621. He continued to serve the Colony for almost 30 years. Bradford was baptised in St Helena's Church where the original font can still be seen today.
The church has a stunning stained glass window commemorating William Bradford, the Mayflower, the early Plymouth Colony and the signing of the Mayflower Compact. Two of Bradford’s most famous quotes; ‘we knew that we were Pilgrims’ and ‘one small candle’, from his seminal book, ‘Of Plimouth Plantation’ can be seen.