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Published June 12th 2014
The childhood church of Isaac Newton
After visiting the birthplace of Isaac Newton, a short drive over to nearby Colsterworth provides refreshments at local pubs, small village charm, and Newton's childhood church, St John the Baptist.

St John the Baptist. Photo by Erin Connelly


Isaac Newton was baptised in the church in 1642 and his parents are both buried there. Of course, Newton is buried in the much more prestigious Westminster Abbey, but the church still contains remnants from his childhood. There is a copy of his baptism records on display and, partially obscured by the organ, is a sundial, which was carved by Newton when he was a child. Aside from the connection with the famous genius, the church itself has many interesting features.

Part of a Saxon Cross. Photo by Erin Connelly.


A church has been located on the site for over 1300 years and this long history is evident in the Saxon stonework contained in the nave, as well as the remains of a Saxon cross, which is displayed at the entrance to the church.

Photo by Erin Connelly


Apart from the Saxon influence, the Normans, Victorians, and even Civil War soldiers have left their mark on the building. The Victorians extensively renovated the church transforming it from a 'hideous barn-like construction' into the present structure. A rood screen was partially destroyed by soldiers during the unrest of the 1640s and is on display behind the pulpit. Also of interest are the beautiful stained glass windows.

Photo by Erin Connelly.


The church is not very large and its landmarks can be quickly toured. However, it is worth visiting for its connection to Newton, especially as part of a day trip to the larger Newton estate. Colsterworth is outside of Grantham, about one hour from Nottingham.
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Why? The childhood church of Isaac Newton
When: Daytime
Where: Back Lane, Colsterworth, NG33 5NJ
Cost: Free
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