Welcome to the Village Archive Group web site!

The Village Archive Group, Woolsthorpe & Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, NG33 5**, UK, recording social history & local people’s memories in text, video and audio to preserve vital oral history and accounts of village life in the twentieth and twenty first century.

Woolsthorpe and Colsterworth

The Parish of Colsterworth encompasses the Hamlet of Woolsthorpe, Dunkirk (down church) an area below the Church and Twyford, which was originally larger than Colsterworth itself. Woolsthorpe is especially steeped in history with Woolsthorpe Manor being the birthplace and family home of Sir Isaac Newton. Now owned by the National Trust it receives approximately 20,000 visitors per year. Woolsthorpe has its own designated conservation area. Colsterworth is an historic coaching village, which was an important staging post on the Great North Road (now the A1) until the 1920s. This whole area has changed from an industrial open cast mining community, within living memory, and is now evolving into an affluent commuter village. Most people were employed locally and have interesting tales to tell. We hope that by recording this social history we will add a personal dimension to already documented historical facts.

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