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  • Writer's pictureJames Marks

Lincolnshire’s famous faces

We’re proud of Lincolnshire and what it has to offer many a happy visitor over the years.

We have welcomed many a famous face to the local towns throughout the County and in this post, we look at some of the most notable Lincolnshire people and why Lincoln, and in particular Wolds Side Lodge Holidays must be on your “places to visit” list.

Lincolnshire’s famous faces

Famous people in Lincolnshire

One of Lincolnshire’s most famous sons is Sir Joseph Banks. Banks is a world-famous botanist and naturalist and patron of natural sciences. Making his name in 1766, Banks is best known for his natural-history expedition to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sir Isaac Newton, born in Woolsthorpe near Grantham, is most notably known for his study and work surrounding the laws of gravity. Of course, we can’t forget that Sir Isaac Newton is also the inventor of the first reflecting telescope. In 1665 – 1667, The Plague saw Newton return home to Woolsthorpe Manor, where many of Newton’s experiments took place. In fact, it was also here that the law of gravity was conceptualised, when he saw an apple fall in the orchard.

Sir Isaac Newton was the first man to be knighted for his work and dedication to science, where Queen Anne carried out the ceremony in 1705.

A voice, and a strong voice at that, from the Victorian age and the most quoted English poet after Shakespeare is that of Lincolnshire’s Alfred Tennyson. Born in Lincolnshire, Lord Tennyson’s first piece of work “Timbuktu” was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal at Cambridge in 1829. Tennyson went on to publish quite a collection of distinguished books of poetry during Queen Victoria’s reign.

Famous mathematician, who was born in Lincoln in 1858, is none other than Charlotte Angas Scott.

While studying at Hitchin College (renamed to Girton College), Scott continued her research into algebraic geometry before eventually receiving her doctorate in 1885. The first British woman at this time to receive a doctorate in mathematics.

Maybe not always the most popular, but Margaret Thatcher did live in Lincolnshire at one point. As the first British Prime Minister, Thatcher soon earnt herself the title of `Iron Lady` as for some, the policies that she implemented we’re often highly controversial.

James Ward Usher. A talented jeweller who is remembered for his art collection passion. So much so, we now have the Lincoln Usher Gallery, where many of these art pieces are housed. Born in Lincoln, over the years, James built up a vast collection with much being displayed in his family shop at the time. Usher also gained sole rights to use the Lincoln Imp in his own work, which soon increased in popularity, especially when the Prince of Wales was spotted wearing a pin with the Imp on. In Usher’s Will, he left his entire collection to the City of Lincoln. Today the Usher Art Gallery is the proud owner of some fascinating and unique pieces of art.

Hollywood actor and one of Britain’s favourites, Jim Broadbent, was raised in Lincolnshire by his father, a local artist and furniture maker, and mother, an amateur actress, before heading off to school in Reading and then on to London. Jim has won many awards during his acting career, most notably a Golden Globe and a BAFTA in 2002, alongside an Oscar, Volpi Cup, and the Evening Standard Film Award – to name just a few!

In a small market town and civil parish in Lincolnshire, the town of Sleaford, Bernie Taupin was born and raised. An English American lyricist, poet, and singer, Taupin is most well known for his long-term collaboration with Elton John. Taupin’s work has also seen him nominated over the years for several awards and accolades.

Born in Grimsby, Kate Emma Haywood is a former elite swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, European Championships, FINA world championships, and also represented England in the Commonwealth Games.

Of course, these are only a handful of famous Lincolnshire people that have been born throughout our towns, or who have indeed decided to spend some of their life here.

At Wolds Side Lodge Holidays, why not take the time to sit back and relax and find out why Lincoln is loved by so many. Visit this page for more information.

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