A famous old market town, Grantham has long been an important hub for
travellers. It still has some fine coaching inns, including the Angel and Royal Hotel, which dates
from the 15th century.
At one time Grantham was an important centre for both wool and agriculture. While its most obvious landmark is the 280ft spire of St. Wulfran’s Church, the building itself contains a chained library with volumes dating back to 1472. It was possibly the first public library in England.
Henry V11’s daughter, Princess 1530 en route to marry James 1 in Scotland. The
property is run by the National Trust.
Sir Isaac Newton – educated at what is now King’s School – was born at Woolsthorpe. A bronze statue in Grantham’s Guildhall reminds visitors of his immense contribution to science. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was born in North Parade.