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The History of St Botolph's Church

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The magnificent and awe inspiring St Botolph's Church (known affectionately as "The Stump") dates from 1309. It is one of the largest parish churches in England and its tower, one of the highest of any in the country, is 272ft tall (82.9m).

The church was complete by 1390, except for its tower which was started some 40 years later and not finished until 1520.

The church is named after an Anglo Saxon monk, St Botolph who, according to tradition, visited the area and established a monastery in the 7th Century. St Botolph's is built on the site of an earlier and smaller Norman church, the remains of which were found during Victorian restoration work.

Its grandeur is a legacy from the medieval period when Boston was incredibly wealthy thanks to its export trade of wool, making vast fortunes for local merchants. The building is as impressive inside as it is outside and the size and scale of the nave and tower from within is breathtaking. Other highlights include 14th century wooden carvings, a collection of high status tombs, stained glass, the ancient parish library and the Cotton Chapel, named after its most famous vicar who, in the 1630s, inspired residents of the town to leave for America; they went on to found Boston, Massachusetts.

The church remains a landmark of the town and continues to dominate the landscape for miles around.

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