Down on Newton's farm

Stone plaque on the wall oustide Woolsthorpe Manor

Did you know that before he was a world-famous scientist, Isaac Newton was a farmer's son in rural Lincolnshire? At Woolsthorpe Manor you can hear the stories about how he let the sheep escape, and skived off going to market so he could read his mathematical books in the shelter of a handy hedge.

On Wednesday of half term week you can find out for yourself what life might have been like for Isaac on a 17th-century farm, doing some of the jobs he did, helping in the kitchen and hearing about how life really was down on the farm.

The Newton family made their money from sheep farming - we know that when she died, Isaac's mother Hannah owned around 300 sheep, which would have made her quite prosperous at the time. When Isaac was knighted in 1704, he based his coat of arms around crossed sheep bones, which you can still see above the front door. Sadly the farm animals are long gone, but there'll still be plenty to keep you busy as you discover that Woolsthorpe Manor was once the Manor Farm.

During the rest of half term we'll be open as usual for you to explore Newton's home, the Science Centre and the orchards - don't forget that the Manor House is closed on Tuesdays.