Few places in England have a history and a culture as rich as Grantham. The city was the birthplace of the great Englishwoman Margaret Thatcher as well as the site for Isaac Newton's education. Some of the most important inventions in the age of industry, such as the revolutionary caterpillar track, were created in Grantham and the many churches built in Grantham over the past several centuries serve as a visual education in the history of Christianity. A visit to Grantham is like a trip through millennia, highlighting the vast slew of human achievements that have occurred throughout time.
World War II, for instance, could not have been won were it not for the strategic strongpoint of Grantham. The city's inland placement made it a necessary area to maintain and it quickly became the training site for thousands of machine gunners as well as the home for thousands more army infantrymen. Grantham was also an important base for the incredibly deadly D-Day invasion and many of the ships that set out for that fateful beach left from Grantham.
Grantham's legacy dates much further back, though, and nothing proves this fact more effectively than the enormous St. Wulfram's parish. This monumental church boasts the sixth highest spire in all of England and is the tallest church in all of Lincolnshire after Louth's St. James Church. Citizens of Grantham have been flocking to this ornate shrine ever since its inception nearly a thousand years ago and countless people still come each year to lay eyes on this medieval behemoth. Within the parish is another local treasure: The first public library in all of England. Incorporated in 1598, over a hundred volumes of original books still exist in this ancient treasure trove.
These days, however, Grantham is a city largely based in the manufacturing industry. Food processing plays a large part in Grantham's income and some of the largest food companies in the United Kingdom are found in the city. McCain Foods, a British behemoth in French fry processing, operates primarily out of Grantham as does the international corporation Fenland Foods. Fortunately, Grantham also has the requisite colleges and schools that provide other options for the thousands of young people who call the city home. Walton Girls High School is one of the highest critically and academically rated schools in all of England and Grantham College consistently sends well-educated adults into the workforce. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who knows that Margaret Thatcher was born and raised in Grantham. As one of most accomplished females in human history, Thatcher is a source of pride for her educators at Grantham Girls' School.
Grantham has always had a hand in the major developments of England. Though the days of storming beaches from Grantham's shores are thankfully not as prevalent, Grantham has still managed to play an integral part to the shaping of this ancient nation. These days, Grantham is responsible for shaping the minds of many English people and providing income and food for all of the United Kingdom. It will be exciting to see what else Grantham will contribute to England in the years to come.