Boston Stump

Sculpted headThe great church of St Botolph at Boston in Lincolnshire has been a landmark looking over the Fens for centuries and acquired the affectionate nickname of 'The Stump'. It is famous for the height of its tower. At 272 feet it is the tallest (not counting spires) in England. Less well-known, because less easily seen, is its fascinating collection of medieval misericords.


The nave The painted ceiling of the choir Screen Sedilia

Three of the misericords:

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The church was badly damaged by floods in December 2013. Being placed beside the river on low ground, this is not the first occasion that water has poured into it, but in modern times it has taken exceptional conditions to cause such damage. Unfortunately we are experiencing exceptional conditions more and more in recent years. Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal visited St Botolph's (Boston Stump) on Thursday, 12th December to view the damage caused by the tidal surge and floods. She is the patron of the restoration appeal. Should you wish to support the effort, you can do so via the official website for the church.

Photographs taken by Jean Manco on 31 July 2003.