Friday, 18 November 2011

Sir Isaac Newton's Childhood Home

Last week we visited Woolsthorpe Manor the childhood home of Sir Isaac Newton. Isaac return to his child hood home during the plague and it is here where he worked on his theories of light and gravity.

Sir Isaac had a rough beginning in life as his father died prior to his birth. He was born prematurely on Christmas Day and not expected to live! His mother remarried but left Isaac at Woolsthorpe where he grow up very lonely and was often bullied by other children due to his unusual ways.

The house, we were not allowed to take pictures inside. Most of the furnishing inside were replicates of the period. The house is not grand but still large for the period.

Right outside the front door is a small apple orchard. It is here that the famous apple tree can be found. And in case you are wondering the type of apple tree it was it is called Flowering Kent Apple tree. In 1820 the tree blew down in a storm, luckily the roots remained strong and it regrow and this is the tree today. There are several descendants of the tree planted around the world, USA, China and in England so should this tree ever die their will be another to carry on its claim to fame:)

View of the house from the orchard

Sign next to the famous apple tree

Front door of the house. Above the entrance is the family crest of the Newton family. It is believed to be two sheep bones as the family were wool merchants.

After touring the house we went to the Science center where the kids could learn more about his experiments.

Separating out the colors of light

Learning about the 3rd law of equal and opposite reaction.

Using prisms to make white light and to separate out the colors of light

Centripetal force

We also learned that there were lots of rivalry among scientist with them often trying to steal one another's work. Sir Isaac Newton was particularly difficult to work with according to other scientists. We have since read that Sir Isaac had large amounts of mercury in his body which may account for some of his strangeness in later years.

We had a fantastic day learning about Sir Isaac Newton and learning all about him. I am linking this post to The Field trip hop

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  1. That is REALLy interesting! I want to visit that place. Will have to look it up on a map. The address listed for the home on the home's website said "Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, near Grantham, Lincolnshire." That vague address made me laugh!

  2. very neat, I really think we need to move to the UK so we can take such great field trips :D

  3. That looks so wonderful and fun! I love his house! Thanks for sharing another wonderful adventure! Clicked a vote for you today at the Picket Fence!

  4. Love that field trip! And I just gave ya a vote! :)

    ...danielle - Raising Little Rhodies

  5. |your visits bring history so much closer. And make it so much more real. This was fascinating! thank you for sharing!!!

  6. The house looks a lot bigger when you put your kids next to it! Who raised him if his mother left, a nanny? Why did he have such high levels of mercury? Interesting about the type of apple. Of course, now I am going to have to track some down to try them. That is assuming there are enough around that one can eat the fruit without paying for it's weight in gold....

  7. Wow, what an awesome field trip! Thanks for sharing.

  8. That is an awesome field trip! I want to go there.

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!