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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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  • Me and my partner decided we would try and beat the record time for getting to the top (record being 1:51) we didn't beat it but managed all 209 stairs in 2:35 which we thought was pretty impressive! ...  more »
  • Lovely church, huge inside. Will definitely be going back in August to see how they got on with their Lego  more »
  • This is a magnificent building, more small cathedral than church. It's history is fascinating and there are plenty of things to see. On some days it is possible to but a ticket to climb the tower, but...  more »
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  • Beautiful church and well worth the 209 steps up the stump £5 each fantastic view from the top. You need to be fit to go up the one long spiral small stair case, you can feel a bit dizzy!! But worth it.
  • Lovely children quire concert! 😀
  • Fantastic church with fabulous views. A must.
  • 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 (!).
  • The largest parish church in the country, more like a cathedral really, with lots of information about the connection with the US Boston. Princess Anne sponsors it and its Passion for the Possible campaign, and visits from time to time.

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