Grade I listed, St Botolph's Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, better known as 'Boston Stump', is the largest and one of the most significant historic churches in the country. It is spectacular from the outside and is described by Pevsner as a 'giant among English Parish churches'. Boston Stump has always been a landmark to both seafarers and people travelling across the flat fenland that surrounds the town. Over its 700 years the church has played its part in both national and international history. It will be forever linked through the puritan emigrants who in 1630 followed in the wake of the Pilgrim Fathers and founded a new Boston in the United States of America.
The repair project is focused on restoration of the church's tower. This will include replacement of the lead belfry roof and the wooden platform at the top of the lantern tower which are both in extremely poor condition. It will also involve restoration work to the west face of the tower which is the last remaining face where significant restoration has yet to take place in recent years.
St Botolph's Church was also the winner of our 2018 Friends Vote. Through this they were awarded an additional grant of £10,000 to help fund a repair project to restore the church's tower, with works including the replacement of the lead belfry roof and the wooden platform at the top of the lantern tower. Read more about this here.