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.
Start of new Membership Year
Now is the time to renew your membership if you are already a member or join the Trust for the first time. Our membership year runs June to May. Joining is easy - simply pick up a leaflet from Reception at Fydell House, complete the application and hand it in with your subscription. Or download the form here and send the completed application form by post with a cheque.
New Programme for Lectures and Events - collect your copy from Reception at Fydell House
Note All talks are £3 entry for Trust Members, £4 for non-members.
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September, 10am to 4pm each day
Heritage Open Days - theme Natural Lincolnshire
Fydell House and garden will be open each day. Seed exchange.
Saturday 10th September, 2pm
Talk by Janette Merilion, horticultural lecturer and historian.
How the Georgian period saw the creation of gardens of astonishing beauty and sophistication.
Civic Group: Monday 12th September, 7pm
Saturday 8th October, 2pm
Grand Sluice - Something to boast about
Talk by Neil Wright, local historian and Chairman of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology
Created 250 years ago this year, Grand Sluice is one of the great engineering marvels of the south Lincolnshire fens.
Civic Group: Monday 10th October, 7pm
Monday 24th October, 2pm
Changing Boston - an historical perspective
Meeting to plan a new project mapping and recording the demographic changes in the Borough of Boston, with the aim of presenting the information in an exhibition.
Civic Group: Monday 14th November, 7pm
Saturday 19th November, 2pm
Treasures from the Charles Norman Collection
Talk by Geoffrey Bond OBE, DL, LLD, FSA, Founder and Curator of the Charles Norman Collection at the Usher Gallery, Lincoln.
Probably the finest collection of artists’ work on late 18th century Derby porcelain in the world.
Friday 2nd December, 2pm
Tour of 3 Spain Court Boston.
Recently renovated Georgian cottage owned by the Trust. The 18th century cottages of Spain Court form a satisfying architectural design to the side of Fydell House. This is a chance to see the high standard of renovation in one of the cottages before it is let out to tenants.
Friday 9th December, 7pm
Festive food and drink. Entertainment by Tom Lane, Nigel Creasy and Teri Clarke who will be performing historic sea shanties and sea songs.
Civic Group: Monday 12th December, 7pm
Civic Group: Monday 9th January, 7pm
Saturday 21st January, 2pm
The restoration of Spencer House, St James’s London
Talk by Cristina Alfonsín, Collections Manager at The Rothschild Foundation
How a Georgian town mansion has been restored to its original radiant splendour.
Saturday 28th January, 2pm
The history and architecture of West Street, Boston
The 31st special lecture by Neil Wright, local historian and Chairman of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology
Civic Group: Monday 13th February, 7pm
Saturday 18th February, 2pm
A precious inheritance - the churches of Boston town and surrounding villages
Talk by Graham Cook RIBA, Secretary of Lincolnshire Churches Trust.
The eighteen villages of the Borough of Boston, together with the town itself, display in their churches an incredibly rich architectural inheritance. Many of the buildings are little-known outside their local communities, and often contain wonderful treasures and works of art. Some, such as Eastville, are facing permanent closure.
Saturday 11th March, 2pm
Trading Places and Travelling: Musical Legacies of the Hanseatic League
Talk by Dr Geoffrey Webber, Precentor and Director of Studies in Music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, with choristers.
Joint event with Boston Hanse.
This talk will be held at the Unitarian Chapel, Spayne Road, Boston.
Civic Group: Monday 13th March, 7pm
Civic Group: Monday 10th April, 7pm
Saturday 18th March, 2pm
The Industrial Archaeology of south Lincolnshire
Talk by Neil Wright, Association for Industrial Archaeology and Chairman of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.
Civic Group: Monday 15th May, 7pm
Saturday 20th May, approx. 3pm
Boston is the capital of High Holland
William Camden’s 16th century topographical and historical survey of the Boston area.
Talk by Andrew Hoyle, member of the Trust.
Note this talk is preceded by the AGM of the Trust at 2pm. Sunday 21st May Hanse Day Exhibition at Fydell House.
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.
New rates for Weddings at Fydell House are here
We have updated our Volunteering page: click here
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.