The Secret Treasure of Hawton

Secret treasure at Hawton

This book was published by Austin Macauley in June, 2018 and the first book signiGNS took 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.  At present, June 2020, there is preliminary filming taking place in advance of screenplay, after which there is hope of getting nationally known actors to play the main parts. We arE hoping for Hugh Grant, who would be an excellent King James as he visits Hawton in April 1603.

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03.01 | 19:19

We look forward to seeing more of you, Tom and Carol, and others from the village. Please let us know what you think of the bells.

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03.01 | 19:07

My wife Carol and I are new to the Village of Hawton and our first visit to the Hawton Church was made after only a few days from our arrival, very interesting.

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24.12 | 10:24

Hello. I will see if I can get any ringers together. If I can it will only be rounds and call changes and maybe only six bells. Margaret

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23.12 | 18:41

We'll see what we can do!

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