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St. Botolph's Church, Boston

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St Botolph's Church is a parish church in the Church of England in Boston, Lincolnshire. It is notable for its extraordinarily tall tower, known as the "Boston Stump".BackgroundThe church is one of the largest parish churches in England and has one of tallest Medieval towers in England. The tower is approximately 272ft high. It can be seen for miles around, its prominence accentuated by the flat surrounding countryside known as The Fens. On a clear day, it can be seen from East Anglia on the other side of The Wash. The nickname, The Stump or Boston Stump, is often used affectionately as a reference to the whole church building or for the parish community housed by it. The formal name is Saint Botolph's Parochial Church of Boston.The name "Boston" is thought to have evolved from "Botolph's Town".Earlier buildingsEarly English legends have created the belief that the church was built on the site of a monastery founded by Botolph in 654, but with the main source of this being the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, this is heavily disputed. Modern historians believe it much more likely that Botolph's monastery was located at Iken in Suffolk.What is beyond doubt is that the Boston Stump is not the first church to have been built on the site. Archaeological records indicate that a smaller wooden and stone Norman church had existed on the location of the south aisle of the present building. Excavations during the mid 19th century revealed a Norman stone pillar and a number of coffins from the period. Stukeley, the eighteenth-century antiquary, mentions large stone remains to the south of the church.
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  • What a beautiful building a must visit if ever you are in Boston. The architecture is amazing, you can climb the tower and get a fabulous 360 degree view of the surrounding area. Inside is quiet and s...  more »
  • Centuries of history and a chance to take part in building a Lego model of the Church! Friendly staff in the shop, tea room and church itself. Just pause a while (perhaps after the bustling Wednesday ...  more »
  • The church of Saint Botolph , or the stump as it's more widely known is a magnificent specimen , beautiful in design and material, the tower and ceiling are things of beauty . I shan't give any detail...  more »
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  • Last time at the top..1981 ! Wonderful! Only trouble got a flu sweating all the way up and rather cold and strong wind once on top. Bot worth it (!).
  • Lovely church always call when in Boston. The view from the top of the steeple is breathtaking and should not be missed. A word of caution the climb is quite a trek but bring you camera because you will want a photo of the view to show to your friends
  • Everybody here was very welcoming. I climbed the tower (small charge) and got excellent views over Boston, then bought nice gifts from the shop.
  • Worth a trip. For a few quid you get to climb all the way to the top of the tower, and the view is 360 degree and pretty amazing
  • Beautiful building .well worth a visit .