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a Historic Building in the town of Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, in the county of Lincolnshire


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About Woolsthorpe Manor

Called a manor but in reality this is the farmhouse where Isaac Newton was born in 1642. The house remains very much during young Isaac's formative years.

The house, lying to the south of Grantham is on the Viking Way, it is reputed that it is here in the garden that he first began to make his revolutionary scientific discoveries. An apple tree in the garden descended from the tree which prompted Newton's discovery of the law of gravity.

Sir Isaac Newton was born on 25th December 1642, his father had died two moths earlier. Later his mother re-married and moved a short distance away, leaving the young lad at the farmhouse to be cared for by his Grandmother. He led an isolated childhood, his elders often observed that he "frequently retreated into a world of his own" however, his talent was noted by his Uncle who urged he should be sent away to school.

In 1661 he left his home for Cambridge where he continued with his studies. The plague hit Cambridge in 1965, to avoid this he quickly returned to his home and it was to be at Woolsthorpe that he formulated his three great discoveries. He was later to declare that in the two years of the plague, he was in his prime for invention, mathematics and philosophy, more than at any other time in his life.

Isaac Newton's brilliance became quickly accepted, despite this he remained a man of simple taste, he was Knighted in 1705, never married, and died in London in 1727. His genius continues to be revered to this day.

Woolsthorpe Manor is in the care of the National Trust, it is a pleasant house with the air of a residence belonging to an English country gentleman. The trust have furnished it in the traditional style of the day, and on the walls visitors will note mathematical diagrams and figures which may have been scribbled by Newton during his early childhood. Visitors can also see the 17th century desk used by him when working at his studies.

The house and grounds are open to the public between April and October from Wednesday - Sunday.

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