St Helena Chruch in Austerfield that sits on the border of South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire is a small church sitting back from the main road almost hidden by a copse of trees. Inside the church is calm and beautiful and with a lovely mellow feeling not at all at the high end of religion . In short it looks a lovely place to worship. Where however it becomes unique is that William Bradford was baptised there around 1590 and he went on to become one of the most important figures of the 17th century by virtue of becoming one of the founding Pilgrim Fathers. Travelling over in the Mayflower to New England where he became Governor of the Pilgrim Colony.
On Bank holiday monday May 5th 2014 the church hosted an excellent art exhibition by a British artist Ann Wildgust.
Bank holiday monday in Austerfield, South yorkshire , was a special occasion with an art exhibition from Ann Wildgust that focused strongly on her Italian collection of 16 paintings. In addition paintings relating to the Pilgrim Fathers and the Mayflower were also on display. The exhibition took place in St Helena Church where William Bradford was baptised around 1590. William Bradford became one of the most important figures of the 17th century in New England where he became Governor of the Pilgrim Colony.