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I have to confess that I am inordinately found of apple pie, served with cream or custard is of no consequence but with the addition of a good quality cheddar layered between slices of the delectable fruit transports it into a culinary inspiration.

I am certainly not the first and will not be the last to be inspired by this delightful fruit but if you are seeking an example you do not need to go any further than a trip to Woolsthorpe House,  Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Lincolnshire.

It lies to the west of the Great North Road, south of Grantham the birth place of  Margret Thatcher and to the south east of Melton Mowbary the home of the famous pork pie.

 Sir Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe Manor House in 1642 which is now in the care of The National Trust. It was during the years of the plague between 1666-7 that he escaped from Cambridge to return to the manor house in Woolsthope and had his encounter with the pomaceous fruit of Malus domestica.

Sir I newtonpngBust of Sir Isaac Newton in the church of St John the Baptist Colsterworth

St John The BaptistSt John the Baptist Church Colsterworth Lincolnshire, Isaac Newton was baptised here in 1643 and both his parents are buried in the church.

SunDialpngInside St John the Baptist Colsterworth Lincolnshire if you look behind the organ you will find an engraving produced by a young Issac Newton.


“What wondrous life in this I lead!

Ripe apples drop about my head;

The luscious clusters of the vine

Upon my mouth do crush their wine;

The nectarine and curious peach

Into my hands themselves do reach;

Stumbling on melons, as I pass,

Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.”

From Thoughts in a Garden By Andrew Marvell. 1621–1678

Web Links:

Woolsthorpe Manor, National Trust Web Site

Tickencote Rutland

Just off the busy Great North Road the turning into Tickencote can easily be missed but to say that it is well worth the effort of decreasing the speed and bearing left is under estimating the impression the church of St Peter’s makes on the edge of this little village on the edge of Rutland.

John Clare would walk from Great Castlerton along the river to Tickencore while working as a Lime Burner in the area, he believed he had written some of his best early poetry here and spent a few of his Sundays frequenting The Flower Pot Inn in the village.

Martha (Patty) Turner the future Mrs Clare was born on the 3rd March 1799 in Tickencote, he meet her while on his way to The Flower Pot Inn. The Flower Pot Inn today is a private house and the only evidence of it previous existence is the name on the fence of The Flower Pot Cottage.