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St Botolphs Church / The Boston Stump -

* The church is built on the site of a monastery founded by St Bololph in 654. The status of Boston grew dramatically until the reformation with the town containing no less than 4 other monasteries, and made incredibly rich by the wool trade.

* Work began on the existing church in 1309 and it was completed by 1390, a relatively short amount of time for such a large medieval church.

* The tower began in about 1425-1430 and was only completed between 1510 and 1520.

* The nickname "the Boston Stump" is believed to come from the suggestion that the tower was originally intended to be topped by a spire but that the Pilgrimage of Grace put pay to this.

* The Boston Stump contains the tallest parish church tower in the world to roof at 83m. The nave is 74m long and 32m wide, larger than many cathedrals. Until the 20th century it was the tallest church tower to roof in the world.

* The tower is open to visitors who can climb 209 stairs to approximately two thirds of the total height of it.

* Many of the stained glass windows around the porch and site of the Charnel House were damaged by rioting puritans in 1612.

* One local puritan priest, John Cotton, later left for Boston, Mass and was instrumental in the founding and naming of the city after his home town.

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