Lychgate of St Andrew's Church
Boothby Pagnell shown within Lincolnshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||90 mi (140 km) S|
|Unitary authority||South Kesteven|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Grantham and Stamford|
The village was a small community, its population in 1086 being just 19. It has archeological remains at 'Cooks Close', a field west of the church, which is chiefly of medieval housing that seems to have fallen into disuse and dereliction by the 14th century, possibly as a result of the desertion of the workforce in the aftermath of the Black Death.
Although his uncle William Ayscough, the brother of Hannah Ayscough, was vicar of nearby Burton Coggles, during his time of discovery[further explanation needed] in 1666–67, Newton spent some time in the summer at the rectory of Boothby Pagnell, which had a considerable orchard. The vicar was the Trinity College Fellow Humphrey Babington, the brother of Katherine Babington. She was a friend of Hannah Ayscough and the wife of William Clark, the owner of the house at which Newton lodged in Grantham while at school.
In his memoirs, Newton noted that he worked on Fluxions (which became differential calculus) at Babington's rectory, and also calculated the area under a hyperbola (involving integral calculus).
The village is just north of Bitchfield and south of Old Somerby on the B1176 and approximately 5 miles (8 km) south-east from Grantham. According to the 2001 Census it had a population of 150. Boothby Pagnell forms the most western point of 'The Ropsley Triangle', which denotes the general area between Ropsley, Boothby Pagnell and Ingoldsby.
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