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Woolsthorpe Manor

Family home and Birthplace of English physicist Sir Isaac Newton / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Woolsthorpe Manor in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, is the birthplace and was the family home of Sir Isaac Newton. He was born there on 25 December 1642 (old calendar). At that time, it was a yeoman's farmstead, principally rearing sheep.

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Woolsthorpe Manor
Woolsthorpe Manor with Newton's Apple Tree in foreground
Woolsthorpe Manor is located in Lincolnshire
Woolsthorpe Manor
Location within Lincolnshire
General information
TypeManor house
LocationWoolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, near Grantham, Lincolnshire
Coordinates52°48′33″N 0°37′50″W
Completed17th century
OwnerNational Trust

Newton returned here in 1666 when Cambridge University closed due to the plague, and here, he performed many of his most famous experiments, most notably his work on light and optics.[1] This is also said to be the site where Newton, observing an apple fall from a tree, was inspired to formulate his law of universal gravitation.[citation needed]

Now in the hands of the National Trust and open to the public all year round, it is presented as a typical seventeenth century yeoman's farmhouse (or as near to that as possible, taking into account modern living, health and safety requirements and structural changes that have been made to the house since Newton's time).

New areas of the house, once private, were opened up to the public[2][failed verification] in 2003, with the old rear steps (that once led up to the hay loft and grain store and often seen in drawings of the period) being rebuilt, and the old walled kitchen garden, to the rear of the house, being restored.

One of the former farmyard buildings has been equipped so that visitors can have hands-on experience of the physical principles investigated by Newton in the house.

It is a Grade I listed building.[3]