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Tour of Boston
Boston Stump.

Boston has a rich and varied history - from its early trading to later crop production.

Today Boston is recognisable by its distinctive architecture.

Boston Stump

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Bullet point. Boston Stump is the largest parish church in England
Bullet point. Boston, England maintains strong links with its American counterpart - Boston, Massachussetts
Bullet point. You can see Lincoln Cathedral 32 miles away from Boston Stump

Historically Boston was an important port for trade around northern Europe and in the 13th century became the leading port in England.

In 1545 it was granted a charter and became a borough. By the 17th century it became infamous as a centre of religious non-conformity.

Boston later developed from being a trading centre to a production centre for crops. The fenlands surrounding Boston were drained and sea banks were built to enable crops to be cultivated.

Modern day Boston is a busy college town which also has markets on a Wednesday and Saturday. It also takes pride in its Party in the Park Festival, which takes place in July, and the Mayfair event which is the original street fair chartered from King Henry VIII days.

The most visible piece of architecture in Boston is St Botolph's Church, the largest parish church in England. Better known as 'Boston Stump' the tower can be seen up to 20 miles away.

Other distinctive buildings include the Hussey Tower built around 1460, Blackfriars 13th century friary and Customs House built in 1725 at a cost of £365.

The grandest house in the town is Fydell House, owned by the Fydell family, wine merchants and mayors of Boston.

To see more of historic Boston take a tour around the town:

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