About Boston Preservation Trust
Boston Preservation Trust was established in 1935 to safeguard the future of Fydell House. Since that time it has grown in membership and range of operations, and today is a charitable organisation engaged in Preservation, Education and Campaigning. We hope that you will help our work either by donating to our conservation fund, becoming a member, or actively joining in our campaigns.
Everyone who comes to Boston either to visit or to live cannot fail to be impressed by the architectural grandeur of the town, it’s location in the subtle beauty of the fens, and the extraordinary sense of peace and continuity that is such a profound part of the local countryside. To ensure that this precious town and surrounding villages are passed on intact to future generations is the work of the Boston Preservation Trust. We serve the town and borough in so many ways that it is almost certain there is a way for your to get involved – perhaps by attending one of our talks and classes, volunteering to help keep Fydell House open to the public, or helping our Civic Group keep an eye on local planning applications.
Remember that we all benefit if the town is kept in the best possible condition. Boston is our shared home, and we urge you to help us preserve the best and improve those areas that need attention. Together we can save Boston for the future.
Programme for Lectures and Events
Note All events are £3 entry for Trust Members, £4 for non-members.
Saturday 24th June, 2pm
Talk: Tim Atkinson (author of The Glorious Dead) talks about the way the Great War was commemorated in the years following the Armistice, and will refer to the fifty First World War graves within Boston Cemetery.
Civic Group: Monday 10th July, 7pm
Saturday 15th July, 2pm
Talk: Boston, 1086-1225: A Medieval Boom Town by Professor Stephen Rigby. In 1086, Boston was a mere village but over the next century grew to be one of the leading ports in England. Professor Rigby examines the town's topography, economy and administration in this formative period of its history.
Saturday 5th August, 2pm
Tour: Secret Boston, led by local historian Neil Wright. This will look at twenty sites or features in the old streets of Boston that you may or may not know about, from medieval to the 20th century. There will be a check list for you to mark how many (or how few) of the sites you already know. Return to Fydell House for tea. There will be a prize, but is it for the one who knows most or the one who learns most?
Civic Group: Monday 14th August, 7pm
Saturday 9th September, 2pm
Talk: The architecture of Sessions House in Boston, a Victorian justice court by architect Charles Kirk who also designed the Magistrates’ Court at Spalding. This will be an illustrated talk by Andrew Hoyle as part of 2017 Heritage Open Days (Fydell House will also be open Friday 8th to Saturday 9th September 10 to 4 pm). There will be no admission charge for this talk.
Civic Group: Monday 11th September, 7pm
Saturday 23rd September, 2pm
Talk: Mike Fowler, retired broadcaster, film producer and railway historian, will present a talk entitled The East Lincolnshire Railway; its origins, development and decline. The presentation will feature images of the line from Grimsby to Boston with an emphasis on the now closed and lost section from Grimsby to Firsby. There will be some very special film material and the presentation will be supported by relics and posters from the line.
Friday 6th October, 2pm
Visit: Clifton House and Tower in Kings Lynn – a guided tour of this exceptional building by Simon Thurley, former Chief Executive of English Heritage, who will talk about the tower’s connections with the Wash economy and links with Boston. Clifton House is an 800 year old merchant's house with medieval cellars and a Tudor Tower, and is home of Simon Thurley and his family. £14.50 to include tea and cakes.
Civic Group: Monday 9th October, 7pm
Wednesday 18th October, 11am tour, 3pm tea
Visit: by U3A History Group from Kings Lynn – the group will be led on a guided tour of Boston by Dr Paul Richards, FSA, DL, with an emphasis on the Wash Ports and the Hanse. Returning to Fydell House for tea. Boston Preservation Trust members are welcome to join the tea and meet the Kings Lynn visitors.
Saturday 4th November, 11am tour, 3pm tea
Visit: by Kings Lynn Hansa Group. They will be looking at Hanseatic Boston and returning to Fydell House at 3pm for refreshments and to meet members of the Boston Hanse Group. At 3.30 (after the tea) Mike Peberdy will give a talk on the Boston Hanseatic Steelyard. Boston Preservation Trust members are welcome to join all or some of the day. Free of charge, but donations to cover catering.
Civic Group: Monday 13th November, 7pm
Thursday 16th November, 2pm
Tour: of the main rooms at the Municipal Buildings in West Street, including the civic regalia.
Saturday 18th November, 2pm
Talk: by Joan Deane about the life and work of architect James Rowell who designed the Boston Municipal Buildings, several local schools and the Boston West Sewerage Scheme.
Saturday 2nd December, 2pm
An encounter with Far Welter’d, the East Lincolnshire Dialect Society - a happy band of people who meet regularly to celebrate the rich diversity of our local tongue in verse, narrative and song. This meeting will also be the Trust’s Christmas event, so there will be Christmas tree in the hall of Fydell House and sherry and mince pies for refreshment.
Civic Group: Monday 11th December, 7pm
Civic Group: Monday 8th January, 7pm
Saturday 27th January, 2pm
Talk: the 32nd special lecture by local historian Neil Wright, who will give an illustrated talk on Wormgate and Red Lion Street.
Civic Group: Monday 12th February, 7pm
Saturday 17th February, 2pm
Talk: The Lost Churches of Lincolnshire by Rev David Boutle. Lincolnshire has approximately 630 parish churches, each one of them precious and loved. This talk will look at some of the churches we have lost.
Saturday 3rd March, 2pm
Visit: a guided tour of the 1863 Masonic Temple in Main Ridge West. Described as “smashing” by Pevsner, Boston’s Masonic building is a replica of the temple of Dandour in Egypt (now no longer in Egypt but moved in its entirety to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York). A rare opportunity to see inside one of Boston’s most intriguing buildings.
Civic Group: Monday 12th March, 7pm
Saturday 24th March, 2pm
Talk: Quires and Places – a talk by Martin Renshaw and Dr Vicki Harding. A presentation on the sacred music of medieval churches, with reference to many churches in the east of England. Many aspects of church architecture that may have puzzled you will be made clear by the end of this talk.
Civic Group: Monday 9th April, 7pm
Saturday 14th April, 2pm
Talk: Chain Bridge Forge – a talk by Geoff Taylor. Within living memory every village had its forge. Almost all of them have now gone. Chain Bridge Forge is an early 19th-century south Lincolnshire blacksmith’s workshop, retaining almost all the original features from its Victorian heyday.
Civic Group: Monday 14th May, 7pm
Saturday 19th May 2pm Trust AGM followed by talk at approx. 3pm
Talk: St Aiden’s, the Amazing Story of Boston’s Chapel of Ease by Pat Pomeroy. St Aiden’s in High Street has a fascinating history, including even a little scandal! This illustrated talk will include new material recently uncovered. Please note this talk immediately follows the Trust’s AGM so may start slightly before or slightly after 3pm. No charge for this talk.
If you have any concerns about the town of Boston and the surrounding villages, particularly related to planning issues, please submit them in writing to Reception at Fydell House - if you are not a member of the Trust you can ask to attend the meeting to put your concerns personally.
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Welcome to Fydell House
Open Monday –Friday :
10:00am – 4:00pm
Come in and have a look around this fine Georgian house and garden.
If the front door is closed, just give it a push!
Boston (01205) 351 520
Or by post:
Fydell House, South Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6HU.