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Did you know that it was at Woolsthorpe (near Grantham) that Isaac Newton watched an apple fall to the ground and began to formulate the laws of gravity? Most of his most important experiments were conducted at his home - Woolsthorpe Manor . The great scientist was born in the house, and returned to it when Cambridge University was closed by the Great Plague.

Did you know that Grantham has given us the first female Police Officer – Mrs Edith Smith, appointed in November 1914 - the first British woman Prime Minister – Margaret Thatcher - and what is regarded as the world’s first ‘diesel’ engine – a heavy oil engine made by Richard Hornsby & Sons in the town and designed by Herbert Akroyd Stuart.

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Margaret Thatcher
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