South Kesteven's largest town built its wealth on transport. The Great
North Road from London passed through, then came canals and the railways.
Mentioned in the Domesday book, it became a favourite stop-off for kings
and commoners alike. King John held court here in the 13th Century; Isaac
Newton was a pupil at King's school - formulating his theories on
gravity at nearby Woolsthorpe; and more recently Britain's first woman
Prime Minister was born here.
It's still a thriving town although mercifully the heavy traffic has been
by-passed. With its indoor shopping precincts, cattle and stall markets,
and numerous pubs and places to eat, this is a lively town for visitors.
There is still evidence of its days as a coaching town - the Angel &
Royal is said to be the country's oldest inn, where seven Kings of England
have stayed since 1200. Dickens and Defoe visited, too. Defoe describing
it as ' - neat, pleasant, well built '. The Beehive Inn uses a real
hive with bees as a sign, but the old George Inn now houses a shopping
Around the town are great country homes including the 'Hidden England'
Places to visit - Grantham museum, Belton House, Belvoir, Grimsthorpe
and Burghley House
Places to Eat and Drink
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