Shodfriars Hall

8 Aug 1999
Shodfriars Hall, 2 And 4 South Street, Boston, Lincolnshire
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


TF3244SE SOUTH STREET 716-1/7/169 (East side) 20/11/75 Nos.2 AND 4 Shodfriars Hall


Guildhall, now shops, offices and entertainments hall. c1400, C17, restored and extended by Sir George Gilbert Scott 1873.

Timber-framed with lath and plaster nogging, and red brick with plain tile roofs. EXTERIOR: main timber-framed facade to South Street, 3 storeys plus attics, with jettied 1st and 2nd floors. 2 large bays, each topped by a C19 bargeboarded gable. 2 tall brick ridge stacks. Ground floor has 8, four-centred arches, 3 to right form shop, No.2, and 2 to left form shop, No.4, 2 arches between have studded doors to offices above. Both shops have central doors flanked by glazing bar shop windows. 1st floor has arch-braced box framing with plaster panels decorated with Tudor roses. Each bay has a group of one 3-light and two 4-light wooden traceried mullion windows. Above each bay has a group of four 3-light similar windows. Above again gables have diamond brace, decorative framing, with a pair of 3-light wooden mullion windows each. The north facade, to Sibsey Lane has a single timber-framed and jettied bay to the west, with four 4-centred arches with glazing bar shop windows, above a pair of 4-light wooden traceried mullion windows, and above again four 3-light similar windows, above again in the bargeboarded gable with decorative diamond arch-braced framing and a pair of 3-light wooden mullioned windows. The remainder of this facade is brick added in 1873 in the Gothic Revival style, with 4 bays to the west with a single 4-centred arch doorway and 2 small casements. Above 3 tall casements and a blind white brick panel each in a chamfered 4-centred arch. Further east, 3 very tall bays topped by a cross-stepped gable each. The western bay has a shop at ground floor, and the others have 2 casements, above 3 very tall pointed arch cross casement windows, each flanked by single lower, 4-centred arch white brick panels. Beyond to the east a single bay entrance bay with a single double chamfered segmental arched entrance, with above 4 white brick panels in chamfered 4-centred arches. The south facade, to Shodfriars Lane has 3 bays of arch-braced and jettied box framing to west, with 6 alternating wide and narrow 4-centred arches, with glazing bar shop windows and 3 plain arches beyond. Above two 2-light and a single 3-light traceried wooden mullioned windows. Above again three 3-light similar windows. Beyond to east, the remainder of the facade is brick of 1873, with 3 very tall bays, topped by crow-stepped gables. The ground floor has 2 small shops, and 2 doorways and 2 casement windows, above 3 very tall pointed arch cross basement windows, each flanked by single lower 4-centred arch white brick panels. Beyond to east a final bay, with a doorway and 2 casements on the ground floor, with above a central casement and above again a loft doorway and hoist within a 4-centred double-chamfered arch, with either side tall white brick panels in 4-centred arches, each with a small casement.

INTERIOR: 2 king post roof misses in right range and a fine C17 fireplace elaborately carved with panelled overmantle. HISTORY: this building was probably built as the 'Golden Hows', 'the principal mansion of the guilds' c1400. The rear wing of 1873 was built for Boston Conservative Club.

Listing NGR: TF3285844000


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1033 IOE Records taken by Ray Horrocks; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Ray Horrocks. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Horrocks, Ray

Rights Holder: Horrocks, Ray