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 £4 entry for Trust Members, £6 for non-members.
Monday 14th January 2019, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Saturday 20th July at 2pm
Anglo-Catholicism in the Fenlands
Presented by Michael Yelton, County Court Judge and author of several books on the history and architecture of Anglo-Catholicism.
Anglo-Catholicism is noted for the beauty of its services, the ornamentalism of its church interiors, and the fidelity of its traditions. Often pushed into marginal spaces such as deprived inner city or poor rural parishes, the Anglo-Catholic movement has flourished in adversity. This talk will look at Anglo-Catholicism in the great swathe of the fenlands from Cambridge northwards.
Saturday 10th August at 2pm
Recovering Roman Horncastle
Presented by Ian Marshman, Horncastle History & Heritage Society.
Horncastle has been identified as a Roman town at least since 1722 when antiquarian William Stukeley included walls identified as Roman in his map of the town. Over the years more and more of the Roman settlement has been uncovered (including coins, fragments of walls and lead coffins) revealing the importance of Horncastle as a military fort. Ian Marshman will explain why a Roman fortress and town was located just eighteen miles to the north of Boston.
Saturday 14th September at 2pm
Marian Devotion in Caythorpe Church
Presented by Professor Alistair Mutch
The unusual double-naved medieval church of St Vincent Caythorpe has long puzzled local historians. In this lecture Professor Alistair Mutch relates the early development of the building to possession of the manor by the de Vesci family and their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The architecture and iconography of the church are described and used as evidence in this fascinating uncovering of a significant Lincolnshire holy place.
Saturday 5th October at 2pm
The Holland Causeway and Bridge End Priory
Presented by Dr Brian Hodgkinson
The ancient Holland Causeway crossed the marshy fens between Bridge End and Donington in Holland. It featured numerous bridges and culverts and consequently was difficult and expensive to maintain – the costs falling largely on the small Gilbertine priory of Bridge End. In this talk Dr Brian Hodgkinson describes the struggle of the priory to maintain the vital causeway and extract enough income from tolls to maintain the roadway and also the monastery itself.
Saturday 19th October at 2pm
Bombs on Boston
Presented by Keith Smith
It is a matter of historical record that Boston was the target of Zeppelin raids during the First World War. What is not so wellknown is that the town and district was subjected to approximately sixty bombing raids in the Second World War, including highexplosive blast damage and an incendiary firebomb raid which hit the Stump. Much of the evidence has lain hidden in police records at archives. Evidence suppressed until relatively recently under the Official Secrets Act gives us information to why some of the outlying villages were targeted so heavily – Keith Smith has uncovered many of these hidden records and will present a talk about their discovery, content and the putting together of his book “Boston Bomb Fall” to the Preservation Trust.
Saturday 9th November at 2pm
The Georgian Group in Lincolnshire
Presented by David Adshead FSA
The origins of the Georgian Group and its early links with the Boston Preservation Trust as well as cases in Lincolnshire that the Georgian Group has been involved with over the years.
Saturday 23rd November at 2pm
The Legends of the Lincolnshire Carrs
Presented by Maureen James
Historian Maureen James has studied the folktales of the Lincolnshire Carrs, the wetlands of northern Lincolnshire that lie between Lincoln Edge and the Wolds, and presents her research on such captivating stories as Tiddy Mun, The Dead Moon, A Pottle o’ Brains, The Green Mist, Yallery Brown, The Dead Hand and other striking and unusual narratives.
Saturday 7th December at 2pm
The Trust’s Christmas Party with folk singer Pete Hayselden (Shanty Jack)
Join us for the annual Christmas party with historic sea shanties performed by Shanty Jack.
Saturday 11th January at 2pm
“The Pilgrim Fathers” and the sailing of The Mayflower
Presented by Adrian Gray
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Author and historian Adrian Gray describes Boston’s connections with this historic event and those who later became known as “The Pilgrim Fathers”.
25th January at 2pm
Presented by Neil Wright
Boston’s local historian Neil Wright describes the history and buildings of this little-known area of Boston which includes the 1821 Particular Salem Baptist chapel, lost pubs, vanished pools and many other curiosities.
Saturday 8th February at 2pm
Medieval Ecclesiastical Court Cases in the Diocese of Lincoln
Presented by Martin Roberts
During the Middle Ages the courts of the Church rivalled the temporal courts in power, and the range of spiritual matters dealt with often extended into secular areas. A review of groundbreaking research by Martin Roberts in this important field of legal history.
Saturday 14th March at 2pm
Sutterby Deserted Medieval Village
Presented by Dave Start from The Spirit of Sutterby
The deserted village of Sutterby is a fascinating microcosm of Lincolnshire history – Dave Start will talk about Sutterby’s history and architecture, the churchyard’s gravestones and families, the grassy humps and ploughed fields of the former village, and the natural history of the area.
Saturday 18th April at 2pm
Algarkirk Hall – its remarkable survival and ultimate destruction
Presented by Andrew Hoyle, Boston Preservation Trust
Algarkirk Hall began as an ancestral residence of the Berridge family, who passed down the living of the local parish from father to son in a succession of “squiresons” (a combination of squire and parson). When the last of the Berridges died, he left the property and its contents to the Church of England to be used and enjoyed by future Algarkirk incumbents. Over the succeeding decades the Hall remained a splendid survival while becoming increasingly tatty and derelict until it was demolished in the 1950s - in an act of destruction that shocked some commentators. This talk is based on an interview Andrew Hoyle carried out with the late Hilary Healey in 2011, and will include copies of unpublished photographs of the Hall’s interior.
Saturday 16th May at 2pm for AGM
AGM of Boston Preservation Trust followed at approx. 3pm by Summer Party
Rattlejag Morris returns to Fydell House to provide the entertainment at the Trust’s Summer Party.
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
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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.