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Woolsthorpe Manor House, Colsterworth

Description: Woolsthorpe Manor House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 19 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 193262

OS Grid Reference: SK9240924399
OS Grid Coordinates: 492409, 324399
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8092, -0.6305

Location: 10-19 Newton Way, Grantham NG33 5NP

Locality: Colsterworth
Local Authority: South Kesteven District Council
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England
Postcode: NG33 5NP

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Listing Text

SK 9224-9324
(south side)
Woolsthorpe Manor
19.2.52 House
G.V. I
Farmhouse, the birth place of Sir Isaac Newton, now owned by the
National Trust. Early C17 with early C18 alterations and
addition. Coursed squared limestone rubble with ashlar quoins
and dressings. Collyweston slate roof with raised stone coped
gables and kneelers. 2 ashlar gable stacks with moulded pairs of
shafts, plinths and cornices. T-plan. 2 storey with cellar and
garret. Irregular 5 bay front having chamfered plinth and 2
three light cellar lights to left. Off-centre C17 plank and
muntin door in moulded stone surround with cornice over. Above,
a C18 stone plaque bears Newton's arms and inscription recording
birth of Sir Isaac Newton, 25th December 1642. To left a single
and to right 2 three light mullioned windows. Beyond to the right
a small fireplace window. To first floor 2 three light and a
single 2 light windows. In the left hand gable are single 3
light windows to ground and first floors, a 2 light window to the
garret and above a blank oval recess. All windows have ovolo
mullions and cornice over. The wing at the rear retains the C17
single light stair windows and the original end of the stair
turret is preserved in a line of quoins. The rear wing was
extended early C18. Attached to the building is a later single
storey washouse. Interior. The old kitchen has moulded beam
with large triangular stop and inglenook fireplace with moulded
bressummer. Adjacent is a C18 panelled cupboard with splat
baluster vents to the top. The internal walls are timber
framed. Fully panelled C17 doors have contemporary chamfered and
stopped wooden surrounds. The parlour has an angled stone
fireplace with 4 centred head and cornice over. The front door
has an original bar and slot. The staircase, which has been
inserted into the central room is late C18 with column newel and
stick balusters. To the first floor are 4 C17 doors with
chamfered and stopped surrounds. The right hand room has an
angled stone fireplace with eared surround and early C19 grate.
Adjacent to the fireplace a stone lined recess. In the corner
of the room is a small area partitioned off with moulded oak
panelling and cornice. This is thought to be Newton's study.
The main bedroom also has an angled fireplace with 4 centred
surround containingCl9 Bath grate. Over this is a C18 marble
plaque recording the birth of Newton in the room on 25th December
1642. Adjacent is a small C17 wall safe with contemporary carved
door. The attic floor retains the oak balustrade of the
original early C17 staircase with turned bobbin balusters, deeply
moulded handrail, square newel with large knops. All floors are
lime ash and the roof is clasped purlin construction. In the
plaster walls are a number of inscribed panels including geomtric
motifs and a drawing of St. Wulfram's Church in Grantham. As
well as being Sir Isaac Newton's birthplace, the house is
historically important as the place where he discovered gravity
and developed his theories regarding the refraction of light,
during a year's break from Trinity College, Cambridge, to escape
the plague.

Listing NGR: SK9240924399

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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