The Isle of Axholme before drainage by Vermuyden 1626
Legend records a Kingdom of Axholme
as an independant state under King Ornulffsson
during the Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy before Alfred 'the Great'
united the English against Viking invasions in about 880. After the Norman conquest
of 1066, the Manors of Epworth
, Burnham and Lound,that is the whole of The Isle of Axholme were given to Geoffrey de la Guerche (Wirce)
, together with the Manors of Blyborough, Gainsborough and Somerby. The Pilgrim Fathers led by William Brewster
left their roots in Axholme arriving in America aboard The Mayflower in 1621, and their marriages link to the first Presidents of the USA George Washington
and John Adams
. In 1626 Charles I
contracted Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden
, later knighted, to drain the Isle so that todaywe find the Isle land-locked between the major towns of Doncaster
. From these ancestors many descendants and relatives now reside around the world. You will find many of them here on our site.