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.
2020 talks and lectures
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.
Advance notice of talks, lectures and visits from June 2020 to May 2021
(please forward this information as widely as possible)
Further details about the talks, including details of the speakers, will be included in the printed programme which will be available from 16th May.
6th June 2020 at 2pm
Antiquarian forgery in the Georgian period
20th June 2020 at 2pm
Freiston Church and Freiston Shore
4th July 2020 at 2pm
May Hill's wartime diaries
10th July 2020 at 6.30 pm
(85th Anniversary of the Founding of Boston Preservation Trust)
18th July 2020 at 2pm
Frisian Settlements on the east coast of England in the Dark Ages
8th August 2020 at 2pm
Lincolnshire holy wells and healing springs
22nd August 2020 at 2pm
The Luttrell Psalter
5th September 2020 at 2pm
The medieval college of St Mary Magdalen at Wainfleet All Saints
19th September 2020 at 2pm
Transformatory landscapes of the Lincolnshire coast
24th October 2020 at 2pm
The Tudor composer John Taverner
7th November 2020 at 2pm
The Boston Townscape project
14th November 2020 at 2pm
Joseph Banks - a new appraisal
21st November 2020 at 2pm
Lincolnshire dragonflies and damselflies
5th December 2020 at 2pm
Exploring the Fen Edge
TALK and CHRISTMAS SHERRY PARTY
12th December 2020 at 2pm
Historic Christmas Carols - explained and performed
16th January 2021 at 2pm
Boston's Pen Street and Main Ridge
23rd January 2021 at 2pm
Fowler of Louth
6th February 2021 at 2pm
Illegitimacy in Lincolnshire 1812 - 1851
20th February 2021 at 2pm
Mrs Smith's Cottage at Navenby
27th February 2021 at 2pm
Guided tour of Mrs Smith's Cottage at Navenby
6th March 2021 at 2pm
Lines across Lincolnshire - discovering routes, banks and boundaries
20th March 2021 at 2pm
Lincolnshire lads on the Veldt - letters from the Boer War
10th April 2021 at 2pm
Roman roads in the Lincolnshire landscape
8th May 2021 at 2pm
Tales from darkest Lincolnshire
22nd May 2021 at 3pm (following the Trust's AGM)
The architecture of the medieval household
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
Above: at a meeting of the Preservation Trust on 25th January, local historian Neil Wright (seen here with Trust member Judy Cammack) talked about the history and buildings of Liquorpond Street.
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.