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Boston, Baptist Church
Boston, Baptist Church
Boston, Baptist Church

Boston's General Baptist Church on High Street was built in 1837 in the Early Gothic Revival style of the period.

Pale buff (Gault) brick is laid in Flemish Bond.

November 2018

Boston, General Baptist Church
Boston, Baptist Church
Boston, Baptist Church
Boston, Baptist Church

The church is Grade II listed.

The memorial in the front courtyard is to a former minister of the church.

November 2018

Boston,
Boston, Baptist Church
Boston, Baptist Church
Boston, Baptist Church

View from the gallery.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388899  

"In more recent times the Church has been modernised and provides comfortable seating for 150 on the ground floor and seating, at present unused, in the balcony for 250" 

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Baptist Church
Boston, Baptist Church, date stone
Boston, Baptist Church, date stone
Boston, Baptist Church, date stone

This datestone in the centre of the front elevation of the church is from the former chapel on this site.

November 2018

Boston, General Baptist church, John Saul, Jonathan
Boston, Baptist Church, Organ
Boston, Baptist Church, Organ
Boston, Baptist Church, Organ

Detail of the organ.

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Baptist Church, Organ
Boston, Bargate Green
Boston, Bargate Green
Boston, Bargate Green

This slender triangle of land lying to the north-east of the town centre was adjacent to the cattle market. The stocks were at one end of the Green (behind the viewpoint).

Immediately beyond the Green can be seen a pair of cannon.

postcard, 1902

Boston, Bargate Green, cannon, stocks
Boston, Black Sluice Pumping Station
Boston, Black Sluice Pumping Station
Boston, Black Sluice Pumping Station

This sluice controls the tidal outfall of the South Forty Foot Drain, a major drainage channel running from the west.

There has been a sluice here from the mid-seventeenth century. The current pumping machinery was installed in the 1960s.

Peter Grey Archive, 1968

Boston, Black Sluice Pumping Station
Boston, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane

"Refectory range of Dominican Friary, now an arts centre.

Building heavily restored and altered 1963"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1389013 

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane, Dominican Friary
Boston, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane

"This Dominican Friary, partly dating from the 13th century, and rebuilt in 1309, was the refectory of the order of Blackfriars.

They were known as Shodfriars because they wore sandals rather than walking barefoot.

King Edward I was entertained here by the friars.

After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the building fell into a long decline and in the 1930 s was acquired by the Boston Preservation Trust.

During the early 1960 s local arts groups raised funds to build a little theatre which opened in 1966.

The building continued to evolve and is now a focal point for the town's cultural activities"

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Boston United Football Club (
Boston, Boston United Football Club ("The Pilgrims"), York Street
Boston, Boston United Football Club ("The Pilgrims"), York Street

View across the York Street pitch with the tower of St Botolph's Church visible in the background.

The club was founded in 1933 as a successor to a club called Boston Town and were members of the Football League from 2002 until 2007.

The club is known as 'the Pilgrims' in reference to the Pilgrim Fathers, who left England and sailed to North America and founded Boston, Massachusetts. The club's crest, the pilgrim fathers' ship 'The Mayflower', is also a reference to them.

The club's traditional colours are amber and black.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_United_F.C. 

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Boston United Football Club ("The Pilgrims"), York Street
Boston, Cemetery
Boston, Cemetery
Boston, Cemetery

Wonderful display of bluebells and other Spring bulbs.

Boston Cemetery is registered under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953 within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by Historic England for its special historic interest.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1000935 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"Boston Cemetery, laid out in 1855, is 1 mile north from the town, and stands by the side of Maud Foster drain, on one of the roads leading to Horncastle :

it consists of 12 acres of land, divided by a broad gravel walk into two portions, that on the south being consecrated, and that on the north being set apart for the use of Catholics and Dissenters :

there are two mortuary chapels, erected in the same year, and a lodge at the entrance, built off red brick:

in I885 an additional piece of ground, west of the cemetery, amounting to 7a. 1r. 23p. was added, and consecrated in October by the Rt. Rev. Edw. King D.D. Bishop of Lincoln 1885-1910:

the cemetery is under the control of the Corporation"

DB 1 May 2019

Boston, Cemetery
Boston, Cemetery Chapel
Boston, Cemetery Chapel
Boston, Cemetery Chapel

"This is a finely detailed cemetery chapel in white brick with Ancaster stone dressings and fishscale slate roof.

It is of 1854-5 and is by the distinguished architect James Pigott Pritchett of Darlington"

"This chapel is significant for its architectural quality, its erection so soon after the Burial Board Act of 1854, and for forming part of a landscape layout - also by Pritchett - included in the Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade II"

"The identical Nonconformist chapel on the north side of the walk was demolished in 1961"

DB 1 May 2019

Boston, Cemetery Chapel, James Pigott Pritchett
Boston, Cemetery Lodge, Horncastle Road
Boston, Cemetery Lodge, Horncastle Road
Boston, Cemetery Lodge, Horncastle Road

"Cemetery entrance lodge. Designed by James Piggott Pritchett Junior and built in 1855 with an extension added in the 1980s"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1392661 

Built in the gothic revival style.

DB 1 May 2019

Boston, Cemetery Lodge
Boston, Cemetery Mortuary & War Memorial
Boston, Cemetery Mortuary & War Memorial
Boston, Cemetery Mortuary & War Memorial

War memorial and former mortuary.

The former mortuary is now used for storage "First built in 1855 and rebuilt in 1885. Designed by James Piggott Pritchett Junior"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1392662 

DB 1 May 2019

Boston, Cemetery, Mortuary, War Memorial, James Piggott Pritchett Junior
Boston, Cemetery, Ingram Memorial
Boston, Cemetery, Ingram Memorial
Boston, Cemetery, Ingram Memorial

"There are several memorials of particular interest within the original cemetery, the most notable of which is the burial site of Sir Herbert Ingram MP for Boston, the founder of the London Illustrated News, who came from the Boston area and drowned along with his young son on Lake Michigan, North America in 1860.

Sir Herbert's body was returned for burial to Boston and the grave is marked by a granite obelisk set with a cast of the face of his son, whose body was never recovered"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1000935 

DB 1 May 2019

Boston, Cemetery, Sir Herbert Ingram
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church

Centenary Methodist Church in Red Lion Street, Boston, was built by the Wesleyan Methodists in 1839-40 and had an attractive facade with twin towers and a colonnade between them.

The church shown here burnt down on 29 June 1909.

Postcard, c1908
Boston, wesleyan, methodist,
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Picture from The Boston Album of Views, undated (probably c.1900, and certainly before the fire of 1909).
Boston, Wesleyan Methodist chapel
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church

After the loss of the previous church on this site, destroyed by fire in 1909, this church was built. The opening date was 30 March 1911.

November 2018

Boston, Centenary Methodist Chapel Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church

The architects of the new Centenary Church were Gordon & Gunton. (This London architectural practice was established in 1900. Henry Thomas Gordon had been in practice since 1870; Josiah Gunton, the junior partner. worked with Gordon from 1885 and was succeeded by his son William Henry in 1916.)

The church is Listed Grade II*.

November 2018

Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, Gordon & Gunton
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church

"Arrangement and fittings date from 1910"

"The church can seat 1200 and is known locally as the Methodist Cathedral"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388976 

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Wesleyan, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"The Wesleyan Centenary chapel, in Red Lion street, erected in 1839, at a cost of £8,000, was destroyed by fire on June 29th, 1909; the present chapel, built on the site of the old one, was erected in 1911, at a cost of £12,000; it is a building in the Renaissance style, with corner towers rising to a height of 83 feet; there are 1,000 sittings"

Also

"Wesleyan Methodist, Red Lion street, Rev. S. H. Gregory, superintendent; Rev. J. Scholefield Morris; Rev. William W. Grigg, supernumerary; 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; mon. & thurs. 7.30-p.m."

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Wesleyan, Centenary Methodist Church
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, Font
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, Font
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, Font

"Font, lectern communion table and chairs are contemporary"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388976 

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Wesleyan, Centenary Methodist Church, font
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, Organ
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, Organ
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, Organ

"3 manual organ by Cousans of Lincoln with carved details"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388976 

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Wesleyan, Centenary Methodist Church, organ
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, War Memorial
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, War Memorial
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, War Memorial

First World War memorial.

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Wesleyan, Centenary Methodist Church, war memorial
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, War Memorial
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, War Memorial
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, War Memorial

Second World War memorial.

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Wesleyan, Centenary Methodist Church, war memorial
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, Window
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, Window
Boston, Centenary Methodist Church, Window

"Leaded light windows with stained glass panels in restrained Art Nouveau style"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388976 

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Wesleyan, Centenary Methodist Church, glass
Boston, Central Post Office, Wide Bargate
Boston, Central Post Office, Wide Bargate
Boston, Central Post Office, Wide Bargate

The main Post Office in Wide Bargate, Boston, was opened on 12 December 1907 by the Postmaster General.

The public counter now fills most of the ground floor but the original sorting office and telephone have been moved elsewhere.

Undated postcard
Boston, post office,
Boston, Central Post Office, Wide Bargate
Boston, Central Post Office, Wide Bargate
Boston, Central Post Office, Wide Bargate

"General post office. 1935. In Queen Anne style"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1389042 

Closed as a post office in February 2014.

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Post Office
Boston, Coat of Arms
Boston, Coat of Arms
Boston, Coat of Arms

Boston Corporation was formed in 1545 and lasted until 31 March 1974.

These arms were granted to the Corporation on 1 December 1568.

The three crowns are thought to refer to the town's medieval links with Cologne, and the woolsack reflects the town's early prosperity based on the wool trade.

Postcard, c1908

Boston, arms, woolsack,
Boston, Congregational Church
Boston, Congregational Church
Boston, Congregational Church

The Congregational Church, built in 1868 by Innocent & Brown of Sheffield, stood in Red Lion Street. It seated 500.

Pevsner (The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, 1st edition) has one word for it: horrible.

The church closed in 1972 and the site is now a car park.

From The Boston Album of Views, c.1900

Boston, Congregational Church, Innocent & Brown
Boston, Congregational Church, Sunday School
Boston, Congregational Church, Sunday School
Boston, Congregational Church, Sunday School

On the corner of Red Lion Street and Chapel Street.

The date stone appears to read "CONGREGATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 1869" 

DB 26 June 2019

Boston, Congregational Sunday School
Boston, Cottage Hospital
Boston, Cottage Hospital
Boston, Cottage Hospital

Boston Cottage Hospital was built in 1874 for those suffering from accidents or curable diseases.

The 33-acre ‘Peoples Park’ was given to the people of Boston by the Corporation in 1871. W. H. Wheeler laid out pleasure gardens planted with trees and shrubs.

Football, cricket and other sports were played there.

Postcard posted in 1909

Boston, cottage hospital, People's Park, W H Wheeler
Boston, Cottage Hospital
Boston, Cottage Hospital
Boston, Cottage Hospital
Photograph from the 'Boston Album of Views', c.1900
Boston, hospital recreation ground
Boston, Cowbridge
Boston, Cowbridge
Boston, Cowbridge

One of three matching footbridges cast at Butterley (Derbyshire) in 1811 and erected over the Maud Foster Drain (TF 329471).

It was designed by John Rennie or William Jessop.

March 2013

Boston, Cowbridge, John Rennie, William Jessop
Boston, Crown & Anchor, London Road
Boston, Crown & Anchor, London Road
Boston, Crown & Anchor, London Road

Site of the Crown & Anchor Tavern and home of George Bass :-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bass  

A plaque at the site reads :- 

"THE SITE OF THE CROWN & ANCHOR TAVERN, POSSIBLY KNOWN AS THE ROPE & ANCHOR TAVERN, WAS THE HOME OF GEORGE BASS, SURGEON AND NAVIGATOR (1771-1803) WHO DISCOVERED BASS STRAIT AND PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT PART IN THE HISTORY OF TASMANIA AND VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA" 

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Crown & Anchor, George Bass
Boston, Crown & Anchor, London Road
Boston, Crown & Anchor, London Road
Boston, Crown & Anchor, London Road

The plaque beneath reads :-

"THE SITE OF THE CROWN & ANCHOR TAVERN, POSSIBLY KNOWN AS THE ROPE & ANCHOR TAVERN, WAS THE HOME OF GEORGE BASS, SURGEON AND NAVIGATOR (1771-1803) WHO DISCOVERED BASS STRAIT AND PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT PART IN THE HISTORY OF TASMANIA AND VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA"

George Bass attended school in Boston and later trained in medicine at the local hospital. 

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Crown & Anchor, London Road, George Bass
Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock

Boston Dock was built south of the town centre by Boston Coroporation as the Harbour Trust.

The first vessel entered the Dock on 15 December 1884 and ended a thirty-year period of economic stagnation for the port.

Undated postcard
Boston, dock,
Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock

Boston Dock has a seven-acre basin and was built in fields to the south of the town centre.

Its traffic included the import of Baltic timber and export of coal from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

A coal hoist can be seen to the right in this picture.

Undated postcard
Boston, dock,
Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock

Boston Dock had railway sidings and two large granaries to hold grain for export.

One of the granaries is to the left in this picture but both were demolished in the second half of the twentieth century.

Postcard, c1908
Boston, dock, granaries, sidings,
Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock

For a number of years Lincolnshire potatoes (in 56lb bags) were exported through Boston.

Today the fishing fleet moors below the railway bridge.

Trading vessels lie either in tidal berths beside the dock where there are facilities for handling scrap steel or in the dock itself where there are facilities for handling paper, steel coil and grain as well as timber and general cargo, including containers.

Image 1975

Boston, dock, potatoes
Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock

The Dock was built in the 1880s but very few of the buildings survive around the 7-acre basin.

Peter Grey Archive, 1968

Boston, Dock
Boston, Dock entrance
Boston, Dock entrance
Boston, Dock entrance
Photograph from the 'Boston Album of Views' c.1900
Boston, dock entrance
Boston, Dock, Advertisement
Boston, Dock, Advertisement
Boston, Dock, Advertisement
Advert appearing in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1913.
Boston, Docks, advertisement
Boston, Doughty Warehouse
Boston, Doughty Warehouse
Boston, Doughty Warehouse

This tall and slender warehouse dates from c.1810 and stands on Doughty Quay, once the main quay on the west bank of the Haven.

It has a low-pitched roof and prominent, over-hanging gables.

It is known locally as the Van Smirren Building, after the twentieth century shellfish company that traded there.

March 2013

Boston, Doughty Quay warehouse
Boston, Doughty&nbspWarehouse
Boston, Doughty Warehouse
Boston, Doughty Warehouse

This tall and slender warehouse dates from c.1810 and stands on Doughty Quay, once the main quay on the west bank of the Haven.

It has a low-pitched roof and prominent, over-hanging gables.

It is known locally as the Van Smirren Building, after the twentieth century shellfish company that traded there.

March 2013

Boston, Doughty warehouse, van Smirren building
Boston, Doughty&nbspWarehouse
Boston, Doughty Warehouse
Boston, Doughty Warehouse

The warehouse was originally in public ownership and lettering which described its functions has survived.

March 2013

Boston, Doughty warehouse
Boston, Exchange Buildings, Market Place
Boston, Exchange Buildings, Market Place
Boston, Exchange Buildings, Market Place

"36-39 Market Place (the Exchange Buildings) built by Boston Corporation as a fish market with dwellings above, now shops and offices; designed by Thomas Lumby and completed in 1772; C19 and C20 alterations"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388941 

DB 21 May 2019 

Boston, Exchange Buildings, Thomas Lumby
Boston, Exchange Buildings, Market Place
Boston, Exchange Buildings, Market Place
Boston, Exchange Buildings, Market Place

Blue plaque placed by the Boston Preservation Trust.

https://www.bostonpreservationtrust.com 

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Exchange Buildings, Market Place
Boston, Feather Factory
Boston, Feather Factory
Boston, Feather Factory

The Feather factory in Trinity Street was built in 1877 by F S Anderson and Co.

At the time it was one of several factories in the area processing goose feathers for bedware and the like.

The building has been converted into domestic flats.

Neil Wright, 2004
Boston, feathers,
Boston, Freiston Road, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Boston, Freiston Road, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Boston, Freiston Road, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

A small chapel built in typical style for the Wesleyan Methodists in 1876. The last service was held here in May 1966.

November 2018

Boston, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Boston, Fydell House
Boston, Fydell House
Boston, Fydell House

Fydell House was bought by Richard Fydell in 1733, and was owned by members of the family in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Seen here is a rear view across the formal gardens. The armillary sphere in the foreground is part of a tribute to Joseph Banks – a frequent visitor to the house.

Frank Robinson, September 2014

Boston, Fydell House, Joseph Banks, Robert Fydell
Boston, Fydell House
Boston, Fydell House
Boston, Fydell House

Fydell House is thought to have been built in 1702-03 to a design by architect William Sands, who was responsible for the garden of Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding.

The Jackson family were the original owners of the house and it was probably built for Mrs Lennox Jackson, who was then an elderly widow living with her family.

In 1733, Richard Fydell (1710-80), a worker in the wine trade, bought the house from Richard Browne. Richard went on to build a very successful business, which his son Thomas (1740-1812) continued.

Richard and Thomas between them were mayors of Boston six times. They also represented Boston in five parliaments. Thomas’s own son, Thomas Junior (1773 – 1814) also represented Boston at parliament.

1975 image

Boston, Fydell House, William Sands, Lennox Jackson, Richard Browne
Boston, Gas Lamps
Boston, Gas Lamps
Boston, Gas Lamps

Boston’s gasworks was designed by John Rofe and opened in 1826. The works were extended by JTB Porter of Lincoln in 1871.

By 1892 there were 350 gas lamps in the town.

This set of original lamp standards and fittings has been retained in the town’s Market Place.

March 2013

Boston, gas lamps, Market Place, J T B Porter, John Rofe
Boston, General Hospital
Boston, General Hospital
Boston, General Hospital

The former Boston General Hospital was situated on South End and established in 1871 in temporary premises as the Boston Cottage Hospital.

A new building was erected in 1874 and subsequently extended on several occasions.

The name was changed to Boston Hospital, c1887, and Boston General Hospital, c1937.

The Hospital was replaced by the new Boston Pilgrim Hospital, opened in 1971.

Photo dated 1958

Boston, General Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital
Boston, Golden Lion, High Street
Boston, Golden Lion, High Street
Boston, Golden Lion, High Street

"the inn is recorded in the renewal list of licenses in 1784"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388877 

DB 1 May 2019

Boston, Golden Lion, High Street, Public House, Inn
Boston, Golden Lion, High Street
Boston, Golden Lion, High Street
Boston, Golden Lion, High Street

Detail of pub sign.

DB 1 May 2019 

Boston, Golden Lion, High Street, Public House, Inn
Boston, Grand Sluice
Boston, Grand Sluice
Boston, Grand Sluice

The Witham Navigation was created in the 1760s and ended at the Grand Sluice, with the tidal haven beyond the sluice.

The Great Northern Railway crossed the river at this point and by the date of this picture the river was used for recreation rather than commerce, as these rowing boats show.

Postcard, c1912
Boston, sluice, navigation, witham,
Boston, Grand Sluice
Boston, Grand Sluice
Boston, Grand Sluice

Boston Grand Sluice was built in 1764-66 and enlarged in 1881. The railway bridge seen here was built be the GNR in 1885 and now carries the line to Skegness (former East Lincolnshire Line).

This stretch of the lower Witham north of Boston was used for recreational boating.

undated postcard by Boots Cash Chemists

Boston, grand sluice, railway bridge
Boston, Grand Sluice
Boston, Grand Sluice
Boston, Grand Sluice

The view from the tower of St Botolph’s church looking north-west shows the tidal river Witham up to the Grand Sluice, which was completed in 1766.

Just beyond the sluice is the railway bridge built by the Great Northern Railway in 1885.

Peter Grey Archive, 1968
Boston, Grand Sluice
Boston, Guildhall
Boston, Guildhall
Boston, Guildhall

The Guildhall was established in 1260 as the hall of the Guild of the Blessed St Mary.

After the abolition of trade guilds the building was used as a civic centre for more than three centuries.

It is now a museum.

undated postcard

Boston, Guildhall, Mary, museum
Boston, Guildhall
Boston, Guildhall
Boston, Guildhall

A view of the Banqueting Hall showing the crown-post roof.

The Guildhall, though much altered over the years, has original brickwork and timbers dated to the late fourteenth century.

Frank Robinson, September 2014

Boston, Guildhall banqueting hall
Boston, Herbert Ingram Statue
Boston, Herbert Ingram Statue
Boston, Herbert Ingram Statue

Herbert Ingram (1811-60), born in Boston, founded The Illustrated London News.

He represented Boston as a Liberal MP for four years until his early death in a shipping accident in Canada.

His statue, designed by Alexander Munro in 1862, stands in the Market Place in Boston.

March 2013

Boston, Herbert Ingram statue, Alexander Munro
Boston, High Street, No.116
Boston, High Street, No.116
Boston, High Street, No.116

This 5-bay late Georgian house was built for William Garfit (1700-81), founder of Lincolnshire’s first private bank – in this house – in 1754.

It remained in use as Garfit’s Bank until 1890 when the business moved to the Market Place.

The house passed through several owners in the 20th century but was derelict from the mid-1980s.

March 2013 

Boston, 116 High Street, William Garfit, bank
Boston, High Street, No.116
Boston, High Street, No.116
Boston, High Street, No.116

In 2008 this fine house was acquired by Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire and, with the support of substantial grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund, it was refurbished.

At the rear (as seen here) a sympathetic extension was built to provide access for the disabled.

March 2013

Boston, 116 High Street
Boston, High Street, No.116, interior
Boston, High Street, No.116, interior
Boston, High Street, No.116, interior

Many of the original interior features of 116 High Street have been retained and sympathetically restored.

This fine stained glass is on the stairs overlooking the rear garden.

March 2013

Boston, 116 High Street
Boston, High Street, No.120
Boston, High Street, No.120
Boston, High Street, No.120

This house, dating from the late eighteenth century, is considered by Pevsner to be the best house in the street.

It has five bays, with a pediment over the centre bays which contains a Rococo cartouche and long garland of flowers.

March 2013

Boston, 120 High Street
Boston, High Street, No.128
Boston, High Street, No.128
Boston, High Street, No.128

Numbers 124-136 form an unusual eighteenth century terrace of three storeys and eighteen bays divided by giant pilasters.

This photograph shows one of the original doorways.

March 2013

Boston, 128 High Street
Boston, High Street, No.35
Boston, High Street, No.35
Boston, High Street, No.35

Structural timbers in the gable end of 35 High Street indicate its medieval origins.

It is one of several timber-framed houses of this period along this stretch of High Street.

March 2013

Boston, 35 High Street, timber framed building
Boston, Holland House, Wide Bargate
Boston, Holland House, Wide Bargate
Boston, Holland House, Wide Bargate

"House, used C19 as a boarding school, now a dental surgery. Late C18, with minor C20 alterations"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1389059 

DB 21 May 2019 

Boston, Holland House, Wide Bargate
Boston, Holy Trinity, Spilsby Road
Boston, Holy Trinity, Spilsby Road
Boston, Holy Trinity, Spilsby Road

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"Holy Trinity is an ecclesiastical parish, formed May 15, 1874, from Skirbeck parish:

the church, in the Spilsby road, Skirbeck, consecrated in 1848, is a building of stone in the Decorated style, erected at a cost of £4,000, on a site given by Dr. Roy, who also largely contributed to the building fund; it consists of chancel, nave, aisles and a small. western turret containing one bell, presented by Charles I. to the Derby Corporation and purchased from them by Dr. Roy:

in 1898 the floor of the chancel and the east end of the nave were re laid:

the church affords 490 sittings, of which 390 are free"

DB 26 June 2019

Boston, Holy Trinity, Church
Boston, Hospital Bridge
Boston, Hospital Bridge
Boston, Hospital Bridge

When the Maud Foster Drain was widened by John Rennie in 1811 three matching cast-iron footbridges were cast at Butterley (Derbyshire) and erected in Boston.

They are thought to have been designed either by Rennie himself or William Jessop, another eminent drainage engineer.

The Hospital Bridge shown here, close to the Maud Foster windmill, is one of the two bridges that remain (the other is at Cowbridge).

Ken Redmore, 2008

 

Boston, bridge, rennie, butterley, maude foster drain,
Boston, Hussey Tower
Boston, Hussey Tower
Boston, Hussey Tower

The Hussey Tower, close to the centre of Boston (TF 331436), is one of the earliest brick buildings in Lincolnshire (c1460).

It was built by Richard Benyngton JP as part of a larger domestic complex.

Among the surviving architectural features of interest are a brick vaulted ceiling and an octagonal stair turret.

It is in the care of the Heritage Trust for Lincolnshire on behalf of the owners, Boston Borough Council.

Postcard, c1910
Boston, tower, benyngton,
Boston, Hussey Tower
Boston, Hussey Tower
Boston, Hussey Tower

"The ruined Hussey Tower is all that remains of a medieval brick fortified house, built in 1450, and occupied by John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford until he was executed in the wake of the Lincolnshire Rising"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston,_Lincolnshire 

"The house is believed to have been built in the mid- to late 15th century for Richard Bennington; `Richard Benyngton Toure' being mentioned in a rental of 1489.

The tower, a Listed Building Grade II, was later owned by Lord Hussey, and following his death, in 1537, the estate was granted to the Corporation of Boston.

A gatehouse was demolished in 1565, and repairs were made to the remainder of the buildings, which were then rented by Joseph Whiting.

In the early 18th century further buildings were dismantled including the domestic range adjoining the tower, and in 1728 the lead and timber were removed from the tower"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1016692 

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Hussey Tower
Boston, Independent Chapel
Boston, Independent Chapel
Boston, Independent Chapel

Boston's Independent chapel stood on Grove Street.

From The Boston Album of Views, c.1900

Boston, Independent chapel
Boston, Kings Arms, Public House, Horncastle Road
Boston, Kings Arms, Public House, Horncastle Road
Boston, Kings Arms, Public House, Horncastle Road

"Public house. c1820"

"this inn first appeared in the license list in 1825, and was probably built to serve the barges using the Maud Foster drain"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388908 

DB 1 May 2019 

Boston, Kings Arms, Public House
Boston, Magnet Tavern, South Square
Boston, Magnet Tavern, South Square
Boston, Magnet Tavern, South Square

"Public house, Mid C18, altered C20"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388994 

DB 1 May 2019 

Boston, Magnet Tavern, South Square, Public House
Boston, Maud Foster Drain, Cowbridge
Boston, Maud Foster Drain, Cowbridge
Boston, Maud Foster Drain, Cowbridge
An angling competition is depicted alongside the Maud Foster Drain which is about two miles north of Boston town centre in the Edwardian period.

The road on the right-hand bank is the present B1183 to Horncastle; the public house on the extreme right is thought to be the Cowbridge House Inn.

Hundreds of anglers travelled by train from Sheffield and the Midlands for sport in both the Witham and the fenland drains at this time.

Undated postcard
Boston, angling, witham, drain,
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (1)
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (1)
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (1)

Maud Foster Mill was built in 1819 by Hull millwrights Norman & Smithson for Reckitt Brothers (later of Reckitt's Blue fame).

1963 photograph

Boston, Maud Foster windmill, Norman & Smithson, Reckitt
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (2)
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (2)
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (2)

This seven-storeyed mill alongside the Maud Foster Drain was built in 1819.

Milling first by wind and then by engine stopped in the 1950s but was brought back to working order by the Waterfield family in the late 1980s.

Location of mill: TF 334 447

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Boston, Maud Foster windmill, Waterfield
Boston, Mission Church, Station Street
Boston, Mission Church, Station Street
Boston, Mission Church, Station Street

Mentioned in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 :-

"Mission chapels at Hospital bridge & Station street; services at each on sunday evenings only"

Most recently used by "Restore Church" but is currently being offered for sale with an asking price of £125,000.

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Mission Church, Station Street
Boston, New Town Bridge
Boston, New Town Bridge
Boston, New Town Bridge

This view shows the road crossing Boston's new Town Bridge erected in 1913 to the design of John J Webster.

The old bridge on this site was demolished in 1913 and the new one opened on 18 July.

The building in the background is the Assembly Rooms built in 1819-22.

Postcard, 1914

Boston, bridge, assembly rooms,
Boston, Old Bath Gardens
Boston, Old Bath Gardens
Boston, Old Bath Gardens
Photograph from 'The Boston Album of Views', c.1900
Boston, Old Bath gardens
Boston, Old Town Bridge
Boston, Old Town Bridge
Boston, Old Town Bridge

This view is looking from High Street in Boston across the Town Bridge into the Market Place.

The bridge shown here was designed by John Rennie, built in 1803-07 and demolished in April 1913.

Controversially, Boston Corporation tried to charge tolls on the bridge until they lost a court case in 1830.

Postcard, 1911
Boston, bridge, rennie,
Boston, Packhouse Quay
Boston, Packhouse Quay
Boston, Packhouse Quay

This boat is moored at Packhouse Quay which had been the heart of the port of Boston until the Dock, south of the town, was opened in the 1880s.

Some of the warehouses remain in the town centre but they have been converted to other uses.

Postcard, c1918
Boston, warehouse, quay,
Boston, Paddle Steamers
Boston, Paddle Steamers
Boston, Paddle Steamers

Even after Boston Dock was opened south of the town, paddle steamers Privateer and Boston were still moored at the old quays in the town centre and occasionally took pleasure trips into the Wash.

This paddle steamer passes the timber yard in the South End on its way downstream.

Postcard, c1908
Boston, paddle steamer,
Boston, Peacock & Royal Hotel, Market Place
Boston, Peacock & Royal Hotel, Market Place
Boston, Peacock & Royal Hotel, Market Place

Advert appearing in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1913.

Hotel unfortunately demolished in the 1970's.

Boston, Peacock & Royal Hotel, advertisement
Boston, Pillbox, South End
Boston, Pillbox, South End
Boston, Pillbox, South End

Second World War Type 23 pillbox, on the banks of the River Witham, near the junction of South End with South Terrace.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_hardened_field_defences_of_World_War_II 

Note the mounting column in the open section for a Bren or Lewis gun. 

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Pillbox, Type 23
Boston, Port of Boston
Boston, Port of Boston
Boston, Port of Boston

Port of Boston viewed, across the River Witham, from London Road.

Part of the Victoria Group :- 

https://www.victoriagroup.co.uk/about-us/port-of-boston/ 

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Port of Boston
Boston, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Boston, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Boston, Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Primitive Methodist Chapel was in West Street.

Photograph from 'The Boston Album of Views', c.1900

Boston, Primitive methodist chapel
Boston, Railway Station
Boston, Railway Station
Boston, Railway Station

Opened in 1848, Boston was an important station at the junction of the line from Grimsby to Peterborough with the line from Boston to Grantham and Nottingham.

Seen here in 1970, it was about to lose the through services with the closure of the former route.

Today it is served by trains running between Nottingham and Skegness.

Peter Grey Archive, 1970

Boston, railway station
Boston, Railway Station
Boston, Railway Station
Boston, Railway Station

"The station opened for service on 17 October 1848 with the opening of the Great Northern Railway East Lincolnshire line.

The station has declined in importance since the 1960s. In its heyday the station employed over 50 staff and had two through tracks and cover over the platform tracks"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_railway_station 

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Railway, Station
Boston, Railway Station
Boston, Railway Station
Boston, Railway Station

"Boston station was once an important junction, with two lines diverging in either direction.

Today, only the eastbound line to Skegness, and the westbound line towards Sleaford remain in use.

There was previously a southbound line to Spalding (closed in October 1970) that joined the line to Peterborough (and formed part of the original GNR main line from London to York), and a north-westbound line to Woodhall Junction (closed in June 1963) and thence on towards Lincoln, Horncastle, or Louth.

Both surviving routes are single line, with a passing loop at the station"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_railway_station 

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Railway, Station
Boston, Railway Station
Boston, Railway Station
Boston, Railway Station

View across to Platform 1 - both of the original through tracks have been removed.

British Rail Class 153 Super Sprinter 153313 waiting to depart towards Wainfleet and Skegness from Platform 2.

None of the former Great Northern Railway buildings remain adjacent to Platform 2 having been replaced by plastic shelters.

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Railway Station
Boston, Railway Station & West Street Junction Box
Boston, Railway Station & West Street Junction Box
Boston, Railway Station & West Street Junction Box

View from the station footbridge with West Street Junction Box visible upper right.

"Signal box. 1875 for the Great Northern Railway ...

this is the oldest GNR signal box still in use, and was built to control the northern junction of the main line with the goods line near the West Street level crossing"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388986 

East Midlands Train 12:19 for Wainfleet and Skegness about to arrive at Platform 2.

Semaphore signal still in use on the left and in the background.

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Railway, Station, West Street Junction Box
Boston, Railway Bridge
Boston, Railway Bridge
Boston, Railway Bridge

This shows the railway bridge carrying the Great Northern Railway across the river Witham on the upstream side of the Grand Sluice at Boston.

The iron bridge designed by Richard Johnson, GNR's chief engineer, was opened on 28 May 1885 to replace the original wooden bridge of 1848.

Postcard, 1909

 

Boston, bridge, gnr, grand sluice,
Boston, Rawson's Bridge, Rawson's Lane
Boston, Rawson's Bridge, Rawson's Lane
Boston, Rawson's Bridge, Rawson's Lane

"Bridge. c.1805, possibly by John Rennie"

"One of a series of bridges over Maud Foster drain, dating from the draining of the Fens by John Rennie"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1360449  

DB 1 May 2019 

Boston, Rawson's Bridge
Boston, Red Cow Hotel, Wide Bargate
Boston, Red Cow Hotel, Wide Bargate
Boston, Red Cow Hotel, Wide Bargate

" Mid C18, altered C19"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1389054 

Listed in White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 :-

"Red Cow, Wm. Horrey, Wide Bargt" 

DB 21 May 2019 

Boston, Red Cow, Hotel, Public House
Boston, River Witham
Boston, River Witham
Boston, River Witham

The River Witham north of Boston was diverted from a winding channel into this new straight cutting in the 1760s.

Behind the barge in this view is the railway bridge and beyond it, the Grand Sluice which separated the inland river from the tidal haven.

Postcard, 1911

Boston, witham, grand sluice,
Boston, River Witham
Boston, River Witham
Boston, River Witham

Three warehouses, dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, front the river Witham close to the centre of Boston.

On the extreme right is Packhouse Quay, a building converted by the County Council into the Sam Newsum Music Centre in 1978

Boston, River Witham
Boston, Riverside
Boston, Riverside
Boston, Riverside

View of the Witham in Boston, 1904.

Packhorse Quay is on the left (west bank) and beyond are the backs of premises in High Street.

Boston, Riverside
Boston, Robin Hood Inn, High Street
Boston, Robin Hood Inn, High Street
Boston, Robin Hood Inn, High Street

"Public house. Mid C18, altered C20 ...

the Robin Hood is known to have operated as an inn since 1784"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388889 

5 June 2019

Boston, Robin Hood, Public House
Boston, Rum Puncheon, Market Place (site of John Foxe's birthplace)
Boston, Rum Puncheon, Market Place (site of John Foxe's birthplace)
Boston, Rum Puncheon, Market Place (site of John Foxe's birthplace)

"Public house. C18, altered early C19 ...

site of John Foxe's birthplace"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388952 

Former public house, listed as Martha's Vineyard, but signage is now for The Stump & Candle.

DB 1 May 2019

Boston, Rum Puncheon, Public House, Martha's Vineyard, Stump & Candle, John Foxe
Boston, Rum Puncheon, Market Place, Blue Plaque John Foxe
Boston, Rum Puncheon, Market Place, Blue Plaque John Foxe
Boston, Rum Puncheon, Market Place, Blue Plaque John Foxe

Blue plaque on the wall of the former Rum Puncheon public house.

"HERE STOOD THE BIRTHPLACE OF JOHN FOXE THE MARTYROLOGIST 1516 -1587"

"John Foxe (1516/17 – 18 April 1587) was an English historian and martyrologist, the author of Actes and Monuments (popularly known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs), an account of Christian martyrs throughout Western history, but emphasizing the sufferings of English Protestants and proto-Protestants from the 14th century through the reign of Mary I.

Widely owned and read by English Puritans, the book helped to mould British popular opinion about the Catholic Church for several centuries"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Foxe 

DB 1 May 2019

Boston, Rum Puncheon, Public House, Martha's Vineyard, Stump & Candle, John Foxe
Boston, Sessions House
Boston, Sessions House
Boston, Sessions House

The Sessions House was built between 1841 and 1842 to designs by Charles Kirk who was also responsible for the near identical Sessions House in Spalding (completed in 1843).

The new building accommodated the sittings of the Quarter Sessions and the Kirton and Skirbeck Bench.

It has been subject to very few alterations, most of which have been carried out in the custody and service areas located to the rear of the ground floor.

The Sessions House ceased to be used as a Magistrates Court in 2003.

undated print

Boston, Sessions House, Charles Kirk
Boston, Shodfriars Hall
Boston, Shodfriars Hall
Boston, Shodfriars Hall

The half-timbered building shown here is the front part of Shodfriars' Hall (designed by brothers G G Scott junior and J O Scott) in South Street, Boston.

It was built in 1874 and includes timber framing of a smaller earlier building on the site.

Behind this front part is a red brick club-room with storage below.

Postcard, 1913
Boston, hall, scott,
Boston, Shodfriars Hall
Boston, Shodfriars Hall
Boston, Shodfriars Hall
Photograph from 'The Boston Album of Views', c.1900
Boston, Shodfriars Hall
Boston, Skirbeck, St Nicholas
Boston, Skirbeck, St Nicholas
Boston, Skirbeck, St Nicholas

St Nicholas Church in Skirbeck, on the edge of Boston, was damaged by a great flood in 1571 and parts were demolished in 1595.

This picture shows the church after George Gilbert Scott had restored the nave and roof in 1869-75 but before the aisles were extended in 1905. A new chancel was built in 1933-35.

Postcard, 1908
Boston, church, scott,
Boston, South Square
Boston, South Square
Boston, South Square

Close by the Witham, two of Boston's most notable buildings look over South Square.

At the rear centre is the Guildhall, a fifteenth century brick building, recently restored.

Next to it is Fydell House with classical features, built in 1726 for William Fydell.

On the near left is a Late Georgian warehouse, one of several on this stretch of the river.

Undated photograph
Boston, square, guildhall, fydell,
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph

St Botolph's church, on the north-west side of the Market Place in Boston, is one of the largest parish churches in the country.

The exceptional Perpendicular tower (or, as locally known, "the stump") is 272 ft high and a great Lincolnshire landmark.

Postcard dated 1911
Boston, church, stump, perpendicular,
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph

The tower ("stump") of St Botolph's in Boston was extensively repaired and restored in 1932.

Postcard

Boston, St Botolph, restoration
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph

The classic view of Boston "Stump" from the Town Bridge over the Witham.

March 2013

Boston, St Botolph church,
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph

The chancel of St Botolph's church.  The choir stalls with misercords date from the late 14th century.

The canopies over the stalls were constructed in the 1850s.

March 2013

Boston, St Botolph church, chancel
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph

The pulpit and tester in St Botolph's church, Boston.  It is dated 1612 and has a Georgian stair.

March 2013

Boston, St Botolph church, pulpit
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph

View of the interior of St Botolph's looking east.

In the foreground is the Victorian font designed by Pugin in 1853.

There are seven-bay arcades between the nave and both aisles.

undated postcard

Boston, St Botolph church, Pugin
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
An undated postcard with view of St Botolph's from the North-west.
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph

The western face of the great tower of St Botolph's.

August 2017

Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph

View of the 'lantern' on top of the 'stump' seen from the south-west.

The tower was begun c.1430 and completed c.1520.

August 2017

Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph

View of St Botolph's from the Witham below the Grand Sluice.

August 2017

Boston, St Botolph
Boston, St Botolph, Font
Boston, St Botolph, Font
Boston, St Botolph, Font

"octagonal C19 font in elaborate C14 style, by Edward Welby Pugin, on large stepped stone plinth"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388844 

DB 1 May 2019 

Boston, Saint Botolph, Church, Font
Boston, St Botolph, Memorial
Boston, St Botolph, Memorial
Boston, St Botolph, Memorial

The Australia Memorial in St Botolph’s church commemorates the Lincolnshire explorers such as George Bass, Joseph Banks and John Franklin who helped to shape modern Australia.

Funds are currently being sought for its restoration (2013).

Mark Acton, 2013

Boston, St Botolph, Australia, Banks, Bass, Franklin
Boston, St Botolph, Memorial
Boston, St Botolph, Memorial
Boston, St Botolph, Memorial

The memorial in St Botolph’s church to Thomas Fydell (1740-1812) and his wife Elizabeth.

Fydell was three times Mayor of Boston, MP for the town from 1790-1803 and 1806-1812 and commandant of the Boston Volunteers. He was a wine merchant and banker.

Mark Acton, 2013

Boston, St Botolph church, Thomas Fydell, Elizabeth, Boston Volunteers
Boston, St Botolph, Royal Arms
Boston, St Botolph, Royal Arms
Boston, St Botolph, Royal Arms

This Royal Arms in St Botolph’s church is a rare survivor with the Stuart Arms of Charles I.

Mark Acton, 2013

Boston, St Botolph church, royal arms, Charles I
Boston, St Mary, Roman Catholic Church
Boston, St Mary, Roman Catholic Church
Boston, St Mary, Roman Catholic Church

"A  typical  example  of  the  simple  Pre-Emancipation  Regency  type  of chapel that predominated before the surge of building and the Gothic revival of the 1840s onwards.

The external appearance of the church has been marred by a porch addition of the 1970s.

There is a contemporary attached presbytery"

http://taking-stock.org.uk/Home/Dioceses/Diocese-of-Nottingham/Boston-St-Mary 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"St. Mary's Catholic, Horncastle road, Rev. Joseph Gattie; mass, 8 & 10.30 a.m. & evening service 6.30 p.m.; holidays of obligation, mass 7 a.m. & evening service 7.30 p.m. ; daily, mass 7 a.m" 

DB 1 May 2019

Boston, St Mary, Roman Catholic Church
Boston, St Mary, Roman Catholic Presbytery
Boston, St Mary, Roman Catholic Presbytery
Boston, St Mary, Roman Catholic Presbytery

Attached presbytery.

DB 1 May 2019

Boston, St Mary, Roman Catholic, presbytery, church
Boston, St Thomas
Boston, St Thomas
Boston, St Thomas

"Parish Church. 1911 by Temple Moore and some internal works of 1939. Porch of 1956" 

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388920 

There was an earlier iron church built in 1885 and demolished in 1911.

Peter Kirk Collection, 19 June 2002

Boston, Saint Thomas, Church, Temple Moore
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway

"Swing bridge for docks railway. 1882-4 by Handysides the Derby Ironfounders"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388921 

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Swing Bridge, docks railway, Handysides
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway

Bridge closed ready for a train departure. 

"It was constructed to connect the docks single track railway to the Great Northern Line, when the docks created in 1884, in order to cross the Haven.

The bridge was prefabricated in the works and arrived in Boston in a partly assembled state in November 1882.

The dock was opened on 15th December 1884. "

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388921 

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Swing Bridge, Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway

British Rail Class 09 locomotive 09022 about to cross the bridge hauling coils of sheet steel destined for the motor industry.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_09

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Swing Bridge, 09022
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway

Locomotive crossing London Road.

Departures currently three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Swing Bridge, Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway

Manual control at the center of the bridge.

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Swing Bridge, Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway, Control Cabin
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway, Control Cabin
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway, Control Cabin

Control cabin and level crossing, London Road.

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Swing Bridge, Docks Railway
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway, Control Cabin
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway, Control Cabin
Boston, Swing Bridge For Docks Railway, Control Cabin

Inside control cabin.

DB 5 June 2019 

Boston, Swing Bridge, Docks Railway
Boston, The Haven
Boston, The Haven
Boston, The Haven

This stretch of the tidal river Witham was the site of Boston’s quays for centuries. It is still used by small fishing vessels.

Peter Gray Collection, 1968

Boston, The Haven
Boston, Tower Street
Boston, Tower Street
Boston, Tower Street
Photograph from 'The Boston Album of Views', c.1900
Boston, Tower Street
Boston, Unitarian Chapel
Boston, Unitarian Chapel
Boston, Unitarian Chapel

The former Unitarian Chapel or Meeting House on Spain Lane (now adjacent to John Adams Way) was built in 1819 and opened in 1820.

The painted sign by the entrance still notes its opening for services at 5.00 pm on the first and third Sundays of the month. It is used by other local community groups.

November 2018

Boston, Unitarian chapel
Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate
Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate
Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate

"War Memorial. 1921 by WS Weatherby FRIBA"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1389064 

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate
Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate
Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate
Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate

Avenue leading to the War Memorial.

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate
Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate
Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate
Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate

"Dedicated on the occasion of the centenary of the beginning of the First World War to the memory of the casualties from the Borough of Boston"

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, War Memorial, Wide Bargate
Boston, Warehouses
Boston, Warehouses
Boston, Warehouses

Three warehouses, dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, front the river Witham close to the centre of Boston.

On the extreme right is Packhouse Quay, a building converted by the County Council into the Sam Newsum Music Centre in 1978.

Ken Redmore, 2008
Boston, warehouse,
Boston, White Hart Hotel, High Street
Boston, White Hart Hotel, High Street
Boston, White Hart Hotel, High Street

Advert appearing in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1913.

The hotel's website has an interesting history :-

"The earliest record of an inn here is of The Unicorn, which thrived in the late 1700s at a time of huge economic boom for the sea-port town.

A subsequent remodelling of the town centre, including the construction of a replacement bridge over the River Witham, prompted the rebuilding of The Unicorn and its renaming as The White Hart in 1804"

https://www.whitehartboston.com/the-hotel/history/ 

Boston, White Hart Hotel, High Street, Unicorn
Boston, Wide Bargate, No. 63
Boston, Wide Bargate, No. 63
Boston, Wide Bargate, No. 63

"Pair of houses, arranged as single design. c1830 with later C19 alterations"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1389057 

DB 21 May 2019

Boston, Wide Bargate, No. 63
Boston, Wide Bargate
Boston, Wide Bargate
Boston, Wide Bargate

Wide Bargate was the heart of Boston's livestock fairs and markets until the second half of the twentieth century.

This picture from the Edwardian period shows pens full of sheep in the area close to the junction with Pen Street.

Postcard, 1915
Boston, livestock, sheep, fair,
Boston, Woodlands Court
Boston, Woodlands Court
Boston, Woodlands Court

A home for the "aged sick".

photo dated 1958

Boston, Woodland Court, aged sick
Boston, Workhouse, Skirbeck Road
Boston, Workhouse, Skirbeck Road
Boston, Workhouse, Skirbeck Road

Listed as St Johns Buildings and now in use by Lincolnshire County Council Social Services as Scott House.

"Workhouse front range ... with the rear ranges demolished in 1980. 1837 by George Gilbert Scott ...  built near the site of the medieval Hospital of St John where the earlier workhouse was situated"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388982 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"Workhouse, Skirbeck road, is a large brick building with stone dressings, built in 1837, at a cost of £8,000, and covers an area of 4 acres; it will hold 490 inmates; Reginald Tuxford, Medical officer; Thomas William Steel, master; Mrs. Mary Martha Steel, matron"

The area behind the Workhouse front range now belongs to the Port of Boston and large grain silos dominate the scene.

DB 5 June 2019

Boston, Workhouse, Skirbeck Road