Church and Chapel

Rev Hilary Geisow, Colsterworth Priest-in_charge

I am Hilary Patricia Geisow, which is my married name and comes from an area near Maastricht on the Dutch-German border. I was born a Fuller in Twickenham in Middlesex. I was always enormously proud at school because we passed Fuller's cake shops and there was also Fuller's Ales which was the big brewery, now part of Watney's. I was the eldest of three children. My father was a draughtsman technician with some electrical engineers. He actually got called up into R.E.M.E. during the War but then it was discovered that he was of more value as a civilian. He spent his wartime designing bits for tanks. My mother trained as a nurse and she went back to work, because of the polio epidemic in South-West London. She had specialist training in iron lungs and she used to bring us home stories of the children she was nursing at the time. Read more....

William and John Senescall

John: We are William Isaac and John Rippin Senescall. We were born at the top of Read's Lane on Woolsthorpe Road, next to the old Sir Isaac Newton pub kept by Mr and Mrs Reed. There were six of us but one boy died very young. There were two older sisters, then Bill and then John and George who were twins born in 1930. George has passed on now. Grandfather William Senescall lived at a farmhouse behind Red Cottages at Stoke Rochford. Dad, (George) and his elder brother, Edward (Ted) walked to school at Great Ponton. Grandfather lived in two houses in Woolsthorpe, the last one being the old stone house opposite the pond. He had the coal yard on the corner of Bright's Lane and the Pinfold. Coal and other materials were brought up the Woolsthorpe Road siding by LNER (London and North-Eastern Railway). The siding is now a nature reserve. Read more....

The Very Reverend Oliver William Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes

My name is Oliver William Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes I was born in the Houses of Parliament, and very few people can say that. I had better explain that it was not an accident in the Distinguished Stranger's Gallery, but that my grandfather, who was an official of the House of Commons, had a flat there and that was where I was born. My father was a soldier and I travelled endlessly practically from birth. Aldershot was the place I remember best, as I suppose most soldiers' children do. Certainly I remember the experience of going for the inevitable Sunday afternoon walk through rows of tanks on Farnborough airfield because our home was actually at Farnborough. We watched as, for an experimental period, they tried to propel aircraft off the ground using steam propulsion. There was no security at all. There was a good deal of living with grandparents when the Army took my parents to India. Read more....

Tom Williamson

I am Tom Williamson. I was born at Beckingham near Gainsborough where my father was the recently-appointed headmaster of the local primary school. We lived in the school house next door to the school, which brought many benefits such as riding my trike round the playground when all the children had gone home and being able to sneak into some of the lessons the ones you liked, not sums! The school is still operating but the house is a private house now. Read more....