Bawtry, originally an ancient port on the River Idle, is a busy market town with a variety of attractive restaurants and quality shops and a rich history as a former staging post on the Great North Road.
Bawtry is known as the 'gateway to Yorkshire', and on entering the town from Nottinghamshire on the A638, the first house on the left hand side carries the prestigious address, Number 1 Yorkshire. Neighbouring Austerfield is the birthplace of William Bradford one of the founder Pilgrim Fathers who went on to become the Governor of Plymouth Colony in 1621, making these villages a must for history buffs.
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