‘Iron Lady Tour’ announced at Grantham hotel

Margaret Thatcher.
Margaret Thatcher.
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Stoke Rochford Hall near Grantham has announced a new ‘Iron Lady Tour’ that introduces visitors to the place where Margaret Thatcher grew up.

On October 13 this year it would have been the 90th birthday of the Grantham grocer’s daughter who went on to become Britain’s first woman Prime Minister.

Stoke Rochford Hall.

Stoke Rochford Hall.

Now a new tour will include Thatcher’s former home, her school, and a visit to the Grantham Museum where there is an exhibition about her life and which includes details of the Margaret Thatcher statue campaign.

Also at the Grantham Museum guests will have the opportunity to see the D-Day and Dambusters exhibitions, detailing the iconic raid on Germany’s Ruhr Valley in 1943 that was devised in Grantham, its historic achievement and the crucial part it played in World War II.

“Margaret Thatcher remains one of the UK’s most important political figures. Her connection with Grantham is evident in her biographies - whatever people’s views about her may be, she is one of the dominant political figures of 20th century Britain, and the political philosophy that bears her name ‘Thatcherism’ is recognised worldwide. This tour will explore her early life and the things that influenced her,” said Barry Clark, general manager at Stoke Rochford Hall.

Another famous son of Grantham, is Nicholas Parsons, whose father was a doctor in a country practice in Grantham. Among his patients were the Robert’s family which included young Margaret. Nicholas even went to the same school as her - Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School - as in the kindergarden they actually took boys. He then moved to London with his family when he was eight years old.

Visitors will also be invited to learn about other Grantham historic sites including the statue of Isaac Newton (1642-1727) the mathematician and physicist who was one of the foremost scientific intellects of all time. He was born at Woolsthorpe, near Grantham, where he attended school.

“Grantham has been somewhat unfairly dubbed as boring in the past and may be somewhere that people have only seen from a train or passed in a hurry on the A1, but there is so much to explore and discover. We hope that this new tour will encourage people to stay longer, to learn about its rich and varied past and its people,” added Barry.

At the hotel, guests will have an historical tour of Stoke Rochford Hall that explains the background to the imposing grand hotel, which began as the site of a Roman Villa, was the location for a series of noble houses and for 18 months in World War II housed the headquarters of the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. On its library floor the plans were laid which led to the ill-fated Arnhem ‘drop’ of 1944.

The ‘Iron Lady’ tours include a two night stay, dinner and breakfast and are available for independent travellers and for group visits. For further information contact Barry Clark, general manager at Stoke Rochford Hall Hotel by calling 01476 530337 or emailing b.clark@stokerochfordhall.co.uk