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.
Friday 30th November 2018 evening meeting at 7.30pm
The Great War: New Songs and Stories
The Preservation Trust marks the centenary of the ending of the First World War with a concert of songs and stories providing fresh historical perspectives by renowned folk band Harp & a Monkey.
And join us before the talk for a First World War Armistice Tea at 6pm. The tea is £10 per ticket, payable in advance - if you would like to attend the tea please let Sue Morrison know on 07971 441998 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (note allergies can be catered for but please make sure we know in advance).
Saturday 8th December 2018 at 2pm
The Trust’s Christmas sherry party, plus historian Maureen James who will give a presentation (in costume) of Victorian Christmas Customs in Lincolnshire.
Monday 10th December 2018, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Monday 14th January 2019, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Saturday 26th January 2019 at 2pm
Skirbeck Quarter Then and Now
The 33rd annual lecture by local historian Neil Wright looks at this very varied and historic area of Boston which includes many industrial buildings, railway buildings, warehouses, granaries, pubs, fine houses, almshouses, a school, church and two small hospitals.
Saturday 9th February 2019 at 2pm
A quirky history of southern Lincolnshire
Author Andrew Beardmore talks about the curiosities of the local area. Southern Lincolnshire conjures up images of fenland, windmills, and vast seas of crops and flowers. However, lurking not far beneath the surface is a host of oddities and peculiarities that turn the conventional into something much more intriguing…
Monday 11th February 2019, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Saturday 23rd February 2019 at 2pm
The watercolour paintings of Edith Lane-Claypon
Stuart Crooks from the Sir Joseph Banks Society talks about the delicate fenland wildflower paintings of Wyberton-born artist Edith Lane-Claypon.
Monday 11th March 2019, Civic Group meeting in the
American Room 7pm
Saturday 17th March 2019 at 2pm
Lincolnshire Long-Case Clocks
One of the treasures of Fydell House is the lacquered longcase clock in the American Room. This talk by expert Michael Czajkowski tells you more about ‘grandfather’ or longcase clocks and the mechanisms
distinguished by elegant cases of ebony, walnut, mulberry, marquetry or japanned lacquer.
Monday 8th April 2019, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Saturday 13th April 2019 at 2pm
Parson Arthur Hopkins of Boston, 1942-1945: A Model Wartime Diarist
Canadian researchers Robert and Patricia Malcolmson have worked for many years on the wartime Mass Observation Archive and recently discovered the diary of the Rev Arthur Hopkins, Vicar of St Thomas’s, Skirbeck Quarter during the Second World War. They see it as one of the best wartime diaries written on the English home front. This is an exceptional opportunity to hear Robert and Patricia Malcolmson talk about the Rev Arthur Hopkins.
Saturday 27th April 2019 at 2pm
Visit to Heckington church
Fabulous afternoon of late-medieval music in one of Lincolnshire’s greatest churches. Demonstrations led by Martin Renshaw and Vicki Harding on the music of medieval chancels, followed by a late afternoon performance of the medieval Vespers for Our Lady,
including music by Taverner. Meet at the church at 2pm.
Monday 13th May 2019, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Saturday 18th May 2019
AGM of Boston Preservation Trust followed at approx. 3pm by talk: Buildings archaeologist James Wright FSA talks about Ralph Lord Cromwell, builder of Tattershall Castle, and the way architecture was used as a power statement in his castles, great houses and ecclesiastical
buildings. Note because this talk follows the AGM it might start a little earlier or later than 3pm.
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.