Discover Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

Gainsborough is a market town on the edge of the county of Lincolnshire, on the banks of the River Trent and adjacent to Nottinghamshire.

Discover arts and culture, learn about the area's rich and diverse heritage and explore the historic market town's links to the Mayflower's voyage.

Step back in time as you walk around Gainsborough Heritage Centre. Here you can examine the local archive records and delve deep into the historic town's past.

Gainsborough's Mayflower Story

A group of Separatists is thought to have worshipped in secret at Gainsborough Old Hall – now regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval manor houses in Britain – with the permission of its sympathetic owner, merchant William Hickman.

Their preacher, John Smyth, was a strong influence on the Mayflower Pilgrims, and is generally considered to have later been a founder of the Baptist churches.

Gainsborough Old Hall, Lincolnshire

The United Reformed Church in Gainsborough stands as a memorial to John Robinson, pastor of the Mayflower Pilgrims and one of the leaders in the planning of the voyage to America.

Inside the church you can visit the Mayflower Room, which is an impressive and informative display of the local history of the area's Separatist ancestors, who played an important role during the historic voyage.


Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey to Gainsborough as your travel along the Roman Line. This charming railway line runs from the Yorkshire market town of Doncaster to historic Lincoln.

Gainsborough Central Station is a 5 minute walk from Gainsborough Old Hall and can be reached by connecting at Retford from the LNER East Coast Main Line intercity express service from London Kings Cross.

Gainsborough Lea Road is about a 20 minute walk to Gainsborough Old Hall and can be reached from Lincoln or Retford on the Northern Rail regional service. Both Lincoln and Retford have direct intercity services from London.

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