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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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  • Took the beaver scouts round for one of their badges. Mike was our guide and is full of information. 6-8 year olds listening intently and answering questions posed. Very enlightening about the main la...  read more »
  • What a lovely church, it is so bright and airy inside. There are some very interesting historical facts and information (Pilgrim Fathers) and plenty of people who are willing to help you. A must is a ...  read more »
  • Saturday 1st October was Lincolnshire Day and, not having been for a while, I took the opportunity to visit Boston. No visit to Boston, however, can be considered complete without visiting the town's ...  read more »
  • 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
  • Very nice inside, worth seeing.
  • Love visiting. Beautiful, light and airy. A must to visit. Some real history and great place for quiet contemplation. If you want coffee, try Costa. This is a church, and that's what they do best.
  • Beautiful church. Just ventured in to see the much vaunted coffee shop to be greeted by a haphazard collection of seriously horrible orange plastic chairs and tacky table cloths. The shop structure is tasteful but again, inside is a horrid grey carpet and cheap fittings. What a huge disappointment and missed opportunity.
  • I almost died there. Don't know if they still allow tourists to climb the stairs to the upper landing in the tower, but I paid my pence and climbed up to the top finding about 3 inches of bird poo. After taking some awesome pictures of Boston from that vantage point, I noticed that there were stairs off the landing and continuing to climb up the spires. The difference was that the previous staircase had periodic openings in the stone to allow sunlight in, but the upper staircase had none. So, I carefully placed one hand on either side and felt ahead of me with my foot for the next step. Step after step after step, it got progressively darker until I could see nothing ahead of me. Step after step after step and . . ., all of a sudden, there was no step. I teetered at the top looking down I could see a small patch of light that was the entrance from the landing. The oId wooden landing must have long since rotted away. I managed to stabilize myself and carefully climb back down. So, be careful if you're climbing the spires at the top!!
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