The Secret Treasure of Hawton

Secret treasure at Hawton

This book will be published by Austin Macauley in June, 2018 and book signing will take place at the Hawton Mediaeval Fair on Sunday, 8th July and on Sunday 15th July at the Newark Book Fair.  The cover is from a painting by Ann Sowerby and can be seen on many national and international websites - there are no other 'watermeadow mysteries' on the web. This is a murder mystery as well as a historical drama, and it will not take most who know those who come to Hawton Church much detective work to identify the main suspects in a nefarious plot. But whether you will be able to find the clues in the church that will guide you to the treasure is quite another matter.

We are still interested in getting the historical connections accurate. The Reverend Francis Clarke, Rector of Hawton Church in 1603, is a key person, as well as a forgotten hero, in the mystery, and if any of his descendants can make contact with us it would be helpful.  We also would like more information about the Reverend Robert Washington, who was Rector of Hawton when the church had to close down temporarily in 1879. Other characters in the mystery whose descendants may be able to help us include Alderman Henry Webster of Newark, Sir David Murray of Gospertie (King James' financial adviser),  and the owners of Hawton Grange in the 17th century.   This would help the unravelling of a convoluted story, a story grounded in fact as well as  fiction.

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26.11 | 09:13

I loved the video at Taylor's bell foundry. I went many years ago when one of our bells, from St Mary Magdalene, Sutton-in-Ashfield, was refurbished.

26.11 | 07:50

Thank you Rosemary. You must come and hear the bells at some time. They sound absolutely fantastic. Peter Tyrer

25.11 | 06:41

Enid & Bob Locke, whose memorials are on the wall behind the church, were very dear friends of mine. Wendy, their daughter, told me about this wonderful project.

05.05 | 08:49

The information about weddings (and baptisms) has been changed. All enquiries about weddings (and baptisms) have to be made to Rev Liz Murray on 01636 525417.

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