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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  • Beautiful example of medieval architecture, with a fascinating historical tie in with the Mayflower, and the Pilgrim Journey to the America's. They also offer showers for the homeless I saw, and a well priced cafe.
  • Amazing early misericords, poppyheads and armrests in the choir! The booklet about them is very helpful.
  • Always a grate place to meet for coffee and meet with family/friend's.. Grate staff good play area for children and nice gift shop with a walk up the tower and don't forget the good work been done on the logo build it Amazing the way its all coming together
  • Amazing place and child and dog friendly too. And you can buy a lego brick to build the church.
  • Wonderful building full of knowledge staff that truly have a passion for Britain's biggest Parish church

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