There have been a number of finds of flint and stone tools including palaeolithic hand-axes, from the Cherry Orchard Estate, to the west of the town centre, and from near North Lodge on the hill top south of Barrowby. Mesolithic flints have also been recovered from the Cherry Orchard Estate as well as from sites to the west of Great Gonerby

All four secondary modern schools are on the outskirts of Grantham. Only three of the six secondary schools are co-educational. In recent years,[when?] in the Grantham area of South Kesteven, around 60% of those at 16 years of age achieved five GCSEs at grades A*-C. The King's School Grantham and KGGS both top the county league tables, with over 99% achieving 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C.[citation needed] This compares to 45% for those in Melton and under 30% for those in Newark.[citation needed]

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Two notable schools in the district are Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School and The King's Grammar School. Both have large sixth forms and eminent past students. Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, attended Kesteven and Grantham, and Isaac Newton famously attended The King's. Both schools achieve high examination results and hold high places in the county's league tables.[citation needed] Both have remained single-sex up to the age of 16.

An imposing architectural masterpiece built in the 1830s, now a private residential college. Guided house tours for groups by appointment.

St. Wulfram’s has the highest spire of any medieval church in the country, a 14th century crypt and a chained library housed in the priest’s room.

Grantham House is to the east of the church, and a National Trust property.

The conference and hospitality industry are well represented in the Grantham area, with the Olde Barn Hotel in Marston, the De Vere Belton Woods Hotel, the Ramada hotel (former Marriott) and various golf clubs. Stoke Rochford Hall won the Les Routiers Wedding Venue of the Year in 2011.[52] The Griffin Inn at Irnham won the 2012 Les Routiers B&B of the Year Award.[53][54]

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The Queen's Royal Lancers (part of the Royal Armoured Corps) have their RHQ on the base.

Castlegate, Grantham Handsome town house dates from1380, with architectural features from various eras and walled riverside garden.

Organisations for young people include Army cadets (both QRL Queen's Royal Lancers and RLC) Brownies, Guides and Air Cadets.[citation needed]

The Angel and Royal, situated inn the High Street, is widely regarded as the oldest surviving English inn. The façade of the main building as it appears today was built about 600 years ago, but the site had already been an inn for 200 years. It was originally built as a hostel for the Knights Templar. King John is reputed to have visited with his Royal Court in 1213. The inn was extended in the mid-14th century and again in the 15th century.

In 1363 "The Castles, Manors and towns of Stamford and Grantham" were granted to Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, and fifth son of Edward III of England. The question has been raised as to whether Grantham House was the site of a castle, however, no such site has been reliably identified. The street name "Castlegate" cannot be traced further back than the 17th century.[9] There are references to a Hospital in Grantham as early as the 1330s.

In 2003 the Times reported that the Right Rev Peter Wheatley, then the bishop of Edmonton, was gay and living with his partner. He said he was “a celibate Christian living by Christian teachings”.

Grantham has the country's only 'living' public house sign: a beehive of South African bees situated outside since 1830.

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Grantham (pronounced /ˈɡrænθəm/) is a market town within the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It bestrides the London to Edinburgh East Coast Main Line railway and the River Witham, and is bounded to the west by the A1 main north-south road.

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The JobCentre, when it was opened on 24 June 1975 by Joe Godber, was the first of around 500 labour exchanges run by the Employment Service Agency, with soft chairs and carpets.[citation needed] Grantham and District Hospital is situated next to the Central School on the A607, at the north of the town. The maternity unit, which opened in August 1972, is now a midwife-staffed unit.[citation needed]

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Set in the heart of the town, this Victorian building can be identified by its magnificent clock tower, today it is a lively arts centre, with theatre, music and workshops taking place, together with a coffee shop and our tourist information centre. 01476 406158 www.guildhallartscentre.com

In 1918 Hornsby's amalgamated with Rustons and the company became Ruston & Hornsby. In the 1920s the company had their own orchestra in the town; the site was a diesel engine plant. During the Second World War, the company made tanks such as the Matilda at the Grantham factory. Ruston and Hornsby left in 1963 and most of the factory was taken over by a subsidiary, Alfred Wiseman Gears, who left in 1968.[citation needed]

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To the west of the town, near the A607, is Baird'smaltings, formerly owned by Moray Firth until 1999, and before that, R & W Paul. Other maltings in the town have been converted for residential use such as Riverview Maltings near the river and formerly owned by Lee & Grinling's.[citation needed]

This week, a group of C of E conservative evangelical parishes held a meeting to discuss their response to what they claimed to be the watering-down of the authority of the Bible on the issue of sexuality, in what was billed as potentially the first step towards a breakaway from the Anglican church. It followed Welby’s recent comments at a Christian festival, when he said he was “constantly consumed with horror” at the church’s treatment of lesbians and gay men.

Grantham is well worth a short visit and is an ideal base for exploring Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.

Grantham is about 26 miles (42 km) south of the city and county town of Lincoln, and about 24 miles (39 km) east of the city of Nottingham. The resident population in 2014 was estimated as 43,117,[1] excluding the adjacent villages of Great Gonerby and Barrowby.

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With the A52 still passing through the town centre, Grantham is still in need of an East-West bypass to relieve the heavy traffic congestion. Various attempts at one-way systems have been introduced, but traffic delays are still commonplace. Low railway bridges also add to traffic difficulties with lorries often becoming stuck.[citation needed]

In a letter to parishes in his diocese, Lowson said: “I am satisfied now, as I was at the time of his appointment, that Bishop Nicholas fully understands, and lives by, the House of Bishops’ guidance on issues in human sexuality. For me, and for those who assisted in his appointment, the fact that Bishop Nicholas is gay is not, and has never been, a determining factor.”

British Sign Language tutor, Pauline Bacon, is celebrating her 25th year of teaching at Grantham College.

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Grantham Hockey Club, which fielded men's and women's team in league hockey, played at the Meres Leisure Centre, on an astro-turf pitch once situated directly behind the football stadium.[73] In 2011, the men ended a long spell in the Midlands League, moving to the East League, successfully earning promotion to Division 5 (North West). Their story is documented in 1,309 Days Later, the title a reference to a winless spell between 2006 and 2009.[74]

This historically important Norman manor is just five miles from Grantham on the B1176. Four main rooms can be viewed by appointment only. 01476 585374

But a threat by a Sunday newspaper to reveal Chamberlain’s sexuality had pushed him to speak publicly. He acknowledged that the revelation would cause “ripples” within the church. “It was not my decision to make a big thing about coming out,” he told the Guardian in an exclusive interview. “People know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone. Sexuality is part of who I am, but it’s my ministry that I want to focus on.”

On Gorse Lane is Grantham Preparatory School, an independent school preparing entrants for the 11-plus examination.[citation needed] Another private primary school is Dudley House School.[66] Near to St Wulfram's on Castlegate is the National Church of England Junior School,[67] built in 1859, and a feeder school for the town's grammar schools.[citation needed]

An increasing number of priests have married or plan to marry same-sex partners in defiance of the ban on gay clergy marrying.