St Botolph, Boston, Lincolnshire Grade I Listed
£50,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant
Grade 1 Listed, St Botolph's church in Boston, Lincolnshire, better known as the 'Boston Stump', is the largest and one of the most significant historic churches in the country.
St Botolph's Church, often known as Boston 'Stump' is spectacular from 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.
As the church has the largest performance space in the area (it can seat 1,200 people), it has been expanding its concert and events programme and has recently installed a new shop and better facilities to enable these activities to grow and to better welcome visitors.
A £50,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help fund the repair and restoration of the Cotton Chapel.
The 14th-century Cotton Chapel is the smallest chapel in the church and lies on the south-western corner of the church. It was anciently known as the 'Founders Chapel' and was, conceivably, the burial place of Dame Margery Tilney who laid the foundation stone of the church in 1309.
It was restored in 1857 by architect George Scott using funds raised in America and was called the Cotton Chapel as a tribute to John Cotton, the non-conformist minister who served here from 1612 to 1633 before sailing to Boston, Massachusetts as part of the Puritan exodus