While staying at Elms Farm Cottages you must really go and explore the nearby town of Boston and find out about its fascinating and varied history. Way back in medieval times its port was second only in importance to London and its famous Fairs attracted people from the royal court to come and buy the wines, furs and birds of prey that were imported into the town.
Boston became rich at this time because of the wool trade and it is for this reason the town has a church that is more like a cathedral than a parish church. The rich wool merchants wanted to show off their power and wealth and building a church as grand as Saint Botolph’s was their way of doing it.
It also has links to the Hanseatic League, the Pilgrim Fathers, Boston Massachusetts, Matthew Flinders and Joseph Banks.
The best way of finding out more is to book a tour with Boston History Tours. They are run by Jane who has lived in the town all her life and who is passionately interested in local history. The tours run on a Wednesday morning at 10.30 am and Sunday afternoon at 2pm and last about an hour and a half. The cost is £5 per person.
The tour covers the centre of Boston and starts outside Fydell House - known as the “Grandest House in Town”. The route covers the Guildhall, Custom House Quay. Blackfriars, Shodfriars and then various historical buildings in the Market Place. St Botolph’s Church is next then a visit to the Herbert Ingram Memorial and then onwards to various sites in Wide Bargate, Pescod Hall, The Masonic Hall and Pump Square.
Refreshments are available at Fydell House at the end of the tour and on sunny days cream teas in their beautiful garden can be enjoyed.
To find out more visit Boston History Tours Facebook page or go to www.janekeightley.net or phone 07717267265