Boston, Lincolnshire

Historic North Sea port and market town

By John Minnis, Katie Charmichael, with Clive Fletcher and Mary Anderson

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This book examines the history of Boston in Lincolnshire as reflected in its buildings and townscape from medieval times to the present day.

Boston has a position as an important market from medieval times and as a major port with links with Europe and America. The homes and warehouses of its citizens show the evidence of this.

Boston's religious and public buildings are discussed, and its physical expansion throughout the 19th and into the 20th century are examined. Other important influences on the town's development include fen drainage, the role of agriculture and manufacturing, and transport links. Bringing the story up to date, problems created by the town's remoteness from large centres of population, a low-wage agricultural economy and the impact of 1970s redevelopment are discussed, where they have affected the physical appearance of the town.

A final chapter looks at how successful regeneration projects have been in Boston and how these can be built upon to promote a more prosperous future for the town that recognises the important role heritage can play in achieving it.


  1. The early history of Boston
  2. 18th century Boston
  3. The expansion of Boston 1790-1860
  4. Boston 1860-1914
  5. Boston from 1920
  6. The historic core of Boston
  7. Boston: The present day

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Additional Information

  • Series: Informed Conservation
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 128
  • Illustrations: 142, colour
  • ISBN: 9781848022706


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