From Here We Changed the World: Amazing Stories of Pilgrim and Rebels from North Nottinghamshire and West Lincolnshire
A small circle drawn around North Nottinghamshire and West Lincolnshire, centred on Retford/Gainsborough, encompasses the origins of most of the important English-speaking Protestant denominations. With Thomas Cranmer born just to the south, this area of market towns and quiet villages has produced generation after generation of radical Christians who have changed the shape of the Faith across the World. The first generation of Puritans gave birth to separatists, Congregationalists and the 'Mayflower' Pilgrims. With them came the first Baptists, then the Quakers, the Wesleys and Methodism, whilst recent years have also produced some significant global Christian leaders.