St. John the Baptist, Colsterworth

St John the Baptist, Colsterworth

With an estimated population of over 2000, Colsterworth, together with the neighbouring hamlet of Woolsthorpe, is the largest community within the group. Demographic changes over the last 50 years, including the closure of ironstone mining, have led to high proportion of retirees, a mixture of old families and newcomers. With a significant number of new houses, and more planned, the village is now popular with commuters and young families.

The village has two Nursery Schools, a C of E Primary School, Doctors Surgery, Post Office, Public House, Co-op Convenience Store and Police Office. There is an active Methodist Church with whom we hold joint services on a regular basis. There are numerous active Community Groups.

As well as the group church magazine, there is a village magazine published by the Parish Council, to which we provide regular input. St. John the Baptist church is located in the centre of the village on the High Street, formerly the Great North Road. It is Grade 1 listed. Dating back to Saxon times, it has evolved over the last twelve centuries, and reflects changes brought about by history. Unusually, in the 17th and 18th centuries, it had two manorial aisles, serving both Colsterworth and Woolsthorpe Manors.

Woolsthorpe Manor, now owned and run by the National Trust, and attracting over 50,000 visitors a year, is the birthplace of Isaac Newton. He was baptised at our church, and both his parents are buried here. Part of the original font remains, and the church remains a popular venue for baptisms.

The church, with its 1200 years of history, and the Isaac Newton connection, has both national and international significance, attracting visitors from all over the world. Newton artefacts include a hand carved sundial and communion plate. Last subject to a significant re-ordering in the 1870’s, there is now an active group in the village with plans to apply for Heritage Lottery funding to reorder the church and establish a heritage centre within the church focussed on faith and science, together with the reinstatement of the Newton family chapel www.newtonlearningcentre.co.uk

Entry in Baptism Register, showing the Baptism of Isaac Newton 

Entry in Baptism Register, showing the Baptism of Isaac Newton