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Did you know? • The Boston Stump is known as a calendar church, owing to the fact that the roof is supported by 12 pillars (months), the church is lit by 52 windows, there are 7 doors and 365 steps lead to the tip of the tower. There are also 24 steps to the library and 60 steps to the roof.


• Boston Guildhall is the location of the cells where the Pilgrim Fathers were held after their capture. These religious Separatists, at odds with the Church of England, had attempted to leave the country for Holland.


• In the medieval period, Boston was noted for its wool exports. It was ranked as a port of the Hanseatic League, which enabled the town to trade with merchants from the continent and build up a great deal of wealth.


Overlooking the town and surrounding fenland, St Botolph’s Parish Church is without doubt the most famous landmark in Boston. Affectionately known as The Stump, the church boasts the highest lantern tower in the country (272ft) which will draw the eye of all visitors. Dating back to the 14th century and named after a seventh- century saint, those who venture up the tower will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the town and the Lincolnshire countryside, as far as Lincoln Cathedral. Inside you will see the spectacular, renovated interiors with a remarkable pulpit, misericords and memorials. The church also has a coffee shop where you can take the weight off your feet. In 1612 John Cotton


became the Vicar of St Botolph’s. Popular with his parishioners, though not the Church of England, he urged his congregation to join the Massachusetts Bay


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