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Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire (Accredited Museum)
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In 1796 the door to the book press was given to the Royal Society of Edinburgh by Edmund Turnor, the then owner of the Manor. In 1989 the Royal Society presented it back to the Manor as it was was original to the house and used for storing books. Newton’s step-father left him over 300 books although his mind was so full of his scientific experiments that it is uncertain whether he ever tidied his books away. The reproduction high chair has a similar pattern on its back.
The door of wall cupboard, with a central panel carved with a pot of stylised flowers and a key hole on right-hand side.
Marks and inscriptions
Door of a book press which belonged to Sir Isaac Newton presented to the Lord of the Manor of Woolsthorpe the late Professor Robison AD 1796 and by his son to The Royal Society of Edinburgh AD 1822 (on plate attached to door)