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Boston: A Short Introduction

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Welcome to Boston; a lively historic port and market town located on the River Witham, joining the North Sea at a part of the coast known as 'The Wash'.

Boston and its magnificent church are named after St Botolph, an Anglo Saxon monk, who according to tradition visited the area in the 7th Century.

Its position on the edge of the North Sea and its river connection with the city of Lincoln, allowed the town to develop as an important trading centre.

In the early medieval period, only London was richer and more important than Boston as a port; Boston's wealth was based on wool. During the time when wool was England's main export, the town was sending three million fleeces a year abroad, making a significant profit.

Boston's medieval wealth can be seen from surviving buildings in the town; St Botolph's Church (known locally as 'The Stump'), St Mary's Guildhall and the town's stunning Market Place are just three examples. The large weekly markets each Wednesday and Saturday and its annual May Fair, are also legacies from the medieval period.

As the value of wool declined, the town changed. By the 1700s, the agricultural revolution provided another economic boost. During this time, Boston supplied one third of London's grain directly from granaries situated along the riverside. Once again, this wealth influenced the architecture of the town and many fine Georgian buildings still remain.

Boston today is a diverse and vibrant town to explore and discover, with a range of quality national and independent shops, wonderful dining experiences and a unique history and heritage.

The Pilgrims in Boston

The Reverend John Cotton and Boston's American Legacy

The History of St Botolph's Church

Markets and Fairs

Boston and the Water


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