Sue Allan "In Search of Scrooby Manor" August 23, 2014

Sue Allan
Sue Allan

Join fellow Mayflower Descendants, Historians, Genealogists, England Researchers, and History Teachers…open to all interested…

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World renowned author, historian, documentary adviser, consultant on English history and genealogy, Sue Allan will be crossing the Atlantic for a one time presentation and book signing in Lancaster, PA.

Tables: Silent Auction, Free Book Signing with Sue Allan, Debbie Yingst, GSMD Insignia Chair, Andrew C. Bailey and Connie B. Marlow documentary film writers, "The First Fifty Years”, Masthof Press, Free Giveaways at door, Lunch Buffet, and much more…

When: August 23, 2014

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, PA

11:00 to 12:00 Social Hour
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch Buffet
1:00 to 2:00 Key Note Speaker Sue Allan
2:00 to 3:00 Free Book Signing

ONLY $22.00 per person

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Sue Allan will be giving a riveting presentation about Scrooby Manor and her incredible journey with Julie Dunstan to try and unlock the secrets of Scrooby Manor. Sue will talk about how she trawled through archives in order to piece together tiny scraps of information and countless documents in order to build upon an idea of what the lost part of Scrooby Manor was once like and the highs and lows encountered during that process. Sue will include a power point of photographs taken inside the Manor itself, of the Chapel, the music room, and places people rarely get to see.

Scrooby Manor
Scrooby Manor


Sue Allan’s Story

In Search of Scrooby Manor
In Search of Scrooby Manor

I became interested in the Mayflower Pilgrims story relatively late in life when in the summer of 2002, at the age of 47, I unexpectedly found myself moving to Lincolnshire. Within weeks I then discovered Gainsborough Old Hall just a few miles away and learned that a Separatist congregation was once sheltered there. I had not heard of the Separatists before nor had I been taught about the Mayflower Pilgrims in school. I was immediately intrigued. But more than this, I somehow felt strangely ‘connected’ to both them and matriarch of the family who had protected them at Gainsborough Old Hall – Lady Rose Hickman.

Lady Rose would soon feature in my first novel, ‘Mayflower Maid’ which I began to write one year later. (I had never been an author before). In the meantime I had found myself devouring anything and everything that I could read about the Old Hall, the Separatists and the Mayflower.

During that time I had also come to realize how little even local people knew about this momentous story, much of which had played out in this part of England. The main stream story of the ‘Mayflower Maid’ was quite simply my response to that and was never intended as a purely ‘commercial venture’. I had instead envisaged this hard-hitting tale as acting as a ‘hook’ with which to draw local people towards visiting the Old Hall and into learning more about the Mayflower Pilgrims.

Over the coming years I quickly became involved across the county border from Lincolnshire into Nottinghamshire. Firstly with the formation of the Pilgrim Father’s (UK) Origins Association with its primary aim of promoting and perpetuating the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims in the area from which many of them came. By that time I had also begun guiding visitors around the Mayflower Trail but was sadly unable to get onto the Scrooby Manor site itself which was private property. Neither had I been able to answer questions about the existing building such as what was it exactly or if indeed William Brewster had ever actually lived in it. This was not through my own ignorance but simply because the accepted experts simply did not seem to know. And the fact that I could not answer those questions for visiting descendants and witnessed their subsequent look of disappointed it bothered me deeply. How could we not know? I asked myself?
In 2009 at a book signing of my latest novel ‘Tudor Rose’ (about Lady Rose Hickman) I came face to face with a new fan, Julie Dunstan, who with husband, David, owns Scrooby Manor. In that instant we became the best of friends.

Encouraged and aided by Julie Dunstan, and in the wake of having had cancer, in 2012 I decided to focus my attention into marshalling all of my own research on Scrooby Manor together in one place in the hope of being able to answer these questions. Also thanks to the generosity of the Dunstan’s I now had unlimited access to Scrooby Manor and its outbuildings. I am delighted to say that the result was my book ‘In Search of Scrooby Manor’.

Don’t Miss

o Invaluable historical and genealogical presentation
o Sue Allan’s riveting account of her experience and expertise
o Sue Allan’s FREE book signing
o Silent Auction to raise much needed funds for our Plimoth Plantation Pennsylvania classroom visits
o FREE Giveaways
o Entire package ONLY $22.00 per person
o Meet GSMD Insignia Chair, Documentary Film producers, Masthof Press, and much more!