The small port town of Boston is located in Lincolnshire England. The town has been settled since around 654 AD when it was probably better known as St Botolph's Town or St Botolph's Stone. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book but not by name but the settlement of the area was mentioned. Because of the location of the Witham River, Boston quickly grew into a popular port after the Norman Conquest. Thanks to its rich history and heritage there are many interesting sites to visit while staying in this historic town.
Probably the most popular stop is the church named for the Saint from which the town got its original name, St Botolph's church. Locally the church is known by the name Boston Stump and is the largest parish church in England. It is 282 feet long and 272 feet high with an area of 20,070 square feet. The original building which makes up the main body of the church was built in 1309. The Tower was added between 1425 and 1520 over 100 years after the main building was built. Inside this beautiful church is a font built by Pugin in 1853 and there are several medieval stalls that date back to 1390. On a clear day visitors should go to the balcony of the church tower, from here you can actually see Lincoln Cathedral which is located 32 miles north of Boston. The view is spectacular.
Another popular stop is the Boston Guild Hall. The hall often referred to as the Guildhall Museum or St Mary's Guildhall, was built around 1390. It was used by the rich and powerful Guild of St Mary which was made up of the "who's who" of Boston during medieval times. By 1546 the hall had become the Town hall and was still an important part of the town. Today visitors can tour the hall and learn about the fascinating history of the town.
If you are interested in the Pilgrims then be sure to check out this next site. The Pilgrim Fathers Memorial is a popular tourist stop as well. This memorial, which was erected in 1957, is located outside of Boston at Scotia Creek in Fishtoft. This is the site where a group of puritans attempted to flee for religious reasons in 1607. They later became known as the Pilgrim Fathers. They were captured after the captain betrayed them and the leader was imprisoned in Guildhall. Years later a group of Separatists were able to leave, following in the Fathers' footsteps, and eventually traveled to the New World. Visitors can see this interesting monument to those who started the Pilgrims on their way.
If you are just looking for something that will pique the interest a little then wander to the town center. Here you will find the Maud Foster Mill. Built in 1819 to grind corn, the mill was in full use until 1948 when mechanical problems caused it to be closed. It took 40 years before renovations could be made and the mill was up and running once again. Visitors can tour the old mill, eat lunch in their wonderful tearoom and even take home some organic flour, porridge oats, jam and honey.
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