From Here We Changed the World – latest book from Adrian Gray

Book Launched – Saturday, 12th March 2016 – now available

The latest book from local historian Adrian Gray was launched at the Thomas Helwys commemoration event on Saturday 12th March 2016, at The Well, in Retford. Titled From Here We Changed the World, Adrian’s book delivers “amazing stories of Pilgrims and Rebels from North Nottinghamshire and West Lincolnshire”.

This book is the story of how a few people have influenced hundreds of millions of others across the globe, over the last few centuries, and down to the present day. It was described at the event as “a bold statement, but it is a fact, and one we are very proud of”. But the legacy goes wider, for it was from this same region that the idea of religious tolerance for all people and faiths first took root in public debate, leading to a significant impact still seen today in the American Constitution and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. So all who enjoy the freedom to believe, or not to believe, share in the legacy of these extraordinary people. This book demonstrates the international significance of the two counties of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. It is a handbook to the places and their people who have been forgotten for too long; they are part of our heritage and our identity and, for the most part, we are able to take pride in what they achieved.

Talks & Tours

Adrian will include elements from the book on a number of talks and tours that he is carrying out over the next few months including a tour of the churches relating to Richard Clifton, whose 400th anniversary will be commemorated in May. The tour takes place on Saturday 14th May from The Crossing in Worksop, and the Well in Retford.

Adrian will be giving a talk as part of the Doncaster Heritage Festival at St Helena's Church, Austerfield on Sunday 8th May at 2.00pm, at United Reformed Church, Gainsborough on Sunday 15th May as part of the West Lindsey Churches Festival, and at St Swithun's Parish Church in Retford on Saturday 28th May as part of the Retford Arts Festival. (all will be published on the Pilgrims & Prophets website and Facebook page - subject to confirmation).

For more details see our Tours page or Facebook page at

The book is currently available locally from the Bookworm bookshop in Retford at £12.95, and will soon be available nationally at £14.95.

For further information, contact Rick Brand (01427 891376) or Bookworm at

About Adrian Gray

Adrian Gray is a local historian who was born in Grantham in 1957 and now lives at Laneham, Notts. His books cover a range of historical topics including folk tales, crime and railway history, as well as titles of regional interest. He also contributes regularly to a number of magazines. Adrian now combines his writing and historical interests with a role as a national and international education consultant with River Education Services Ltd. He is also historical advisor to the Christian heritage groups: Bassetlaw Christian Heritage and Pilgrims & Prophets Christian Heritage Tours.