SK9224 : The Orchard at Woolsthorpe Manor

taken 5 years ago, near to Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

The Orchard at Woolsthorpe Manor
The Orchard at Woolsthorpe Manor
The tree at the far end of the orchard (the one roped-off) is believed to be the one* where Newton is said to have observed the falling apples - leading to the formulation of his theories (and later law of universal gravitation LinkExternal link.

*If not the actual tree, a survivor from the same rootstock.
Woolsthorpe Manor
Woolsthorpe Manor in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, near Grantham, is a typical seventeenth century yeoman's farmhouse, famous as the birthplace and family home of Sir Isaac Newton LinkExternal link . He was born there on 25 December 1642.

Newton returned here in 1666 when Cambridge University closed due to the plague, and it was here he performed many of his most famous experiments. Due to his achievements in mathematics, optics and mechanics in this period, 1666 has been called the Annus Mirabilis - his marvellous year. There is strong evidence that some of the optical experiments with prisms were done in the study at Woolsthorpe, and it is also believed that the orchard was the site where Newton observed an apple fall from a tree LinkExternal link , inspiring him to formulate his law of universal gravitation.

The manor was purchased by the National Trust in 1943 and is furnished as a 17th-century farmhouse might have been when Newton lived there. It is open to the public all year round LinkExternal link (National Trust).

The farmhouse is a grade I listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 193262 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings) as are the stables

LinkExternal link IsaacNewton.org.uk
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 6 August, 2014   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 12 August, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Village, Rural settlement  People, Events 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9238 2436 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.5332N 0:37.8571W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 92373 24408
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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