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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  • Sadly the tower was closed when I visited, but the rest of the church is more than worth a visit, especially for American visitors, given the links to Boston USA. The coloured ceilings are very pretty...  more »
  • You can see it from miles around, the tower of St Botolph's church, more commonly known as the Boston Stump. It really is a magnificent landmark, but the church is more than that. The inside is peacef...  more »
  • There is a lot of history for Americans to discover here. The Pilgrims sailed from near by and the church is worth the visit if in the area  more »
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  • Lovely church, so interesting. Really helpful staff. Cafe. Stained glass, visit the tower. Well stocked shop. So peaceful, nice to visit.
  • Known as the Stump, it is the largest parish church in the UK. Amazing architecture and very friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming people in side. Fundraising by building a Lego replica - brilliant! Good local art exhibition inside.
  • I have visited the Stump a number of times as I live very close to it. Fabulous architecture and a nice small cafe inside. Worth a visit for all ages.
  • I've been there couple times. The best thing about the tower is that you can pay like £5-£10 quid, and go up the tower and view beautiful area of Boston and it's outskirts. It also has a mini caffe, in which I haven't been, but from my point of view, it looks great- As it located in the CHURCH! Recommending this place for visitors, definitely.
  • Well worth a visit. A spectacular church. Walking up the stairs of the Boston stump wasn't easy... But well worth the effort when you get to the top to see the views of Lincolnshire.
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