Lincolnshire has a deep and remarkable heritage of Christian faith stretching from the 7th Century baptisms of the people of Lindsey in the Trent at Littleborough to the present day encompassing famous figures like Saint Hugh, Thomas Cranmer and John Wesley along the way.

Lincolnshire historian and author Adrian Gray, whose father was a clergyman in Skegness and Dunholme, has been leading a project to celebrate this heritage and make it much better known. He has now published the book ‘Restless Souls, Pilgrim Roots’ which covers the story up to 1660 – the end of the momentous period of puritan history in Lincolnshire that produced the great migration to America and the rebellion against Charles I. Adrian has also worked with churches around Gainsborough and the east side of the county, developing Christian history stories and trails commemorating such stories as the separatists and Baptists at Gainsborough, the Boston puritans and the famous Anne Hutchinson of Alford.

He says that the title of the book reflects the way in which inspirational Christians from the region continuously challenged the Church to refresh itself. From St Guthlac in the remote fens to Robert Grosseteste, a group of Lollards, and radical reformers in 1520s Boston, these were people who sought a return to the Gospel. ‘The importance of women in the 1500s especially is also interesting,’ says Adrian, ‘Anne Askew, Katherine Willoughby and the Wray sisters are amongst the greatest names of Tudor faith whilst Queen Katherine Parr also lived here for a while.’

The narrative intercuts between Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire as Cranmer, early separatists and Quakers spread their ideas on both sides of the Trent.

You can order Adrian's book from a number of sources or direct from the publisher where members of the clergy will receive a discount: