Holland House in Wide Bargate - one of the 116 architectural treasures of Boston (as identified by Pevsner)
Late eighteenth-century house with a dignified and very beautiful front elevation. Red brick with stucco detailing. In the nineteenth-century this building was used as a boarding school.
The photograph shows a view looking towards Fishtoft church (you can just see the tower above the trees) from Wythes Lane. The fallow green field is almost certainly the site of Paynells (or Pannells) a medieval mansion belonging to a branch of the famous Paynells family. Pishey Thompson writes that the house was near the church, to the north of the road from Fishtoft to Freiston.
Anecdotal accounts say that the field is poor land and crops do badly there - possibly this indicates remains of the mansion still exist under ground.
The boundary wall of the church includes many large worked stones - perhaps these came from the former mansion.
Illustration copyright British Museum.
There were five auctioneers in Boston in 1826:
Thomas Booker in Wide Bargate.
William Bowsher in Rosegarth Lane.
Cave & Son in Church Yard.
William Manning in Wormgate.
Marshall & Trevitt in Theatre Row.
Auctions were public spectacles, and the auctioneer had to be a performer, using his voice and personality to sell the items up for sale. The eighteenth century saw the development of specialist auction houses, but auctions could also take place in the auctioneer's house, or in coffee shops and warehouses. As well as the auctions we are familar with today, there were also silent paper bids, candle auctions, and "Dutch" auctions (where the bids are descending).
Painting of Sir John Leverett in the American Room at Fydell House.
He was born in Boston and baptized at the Stump. He migrated to Massachusetts as a young man, and later became Governor of the colony. He died in 1679.
You cannot see Freiston Bridge over the Hobhole Drain unless you leave the road and walk down the bank a little way. If you do you will be rewarded with this wonderful view of a redbrick Georgian bridge with three elliptical arches and gritstone coping - Grade II listed. It is perhaps an indication of the wealth of Georgian structures in the Borough of Boston that this magnificent bridge should be so little known.
Constructed in the early nineteenth century, the architect was probably John Rennie.
Masonic Temple in Main Ridge West - one of the 116 architectural treasures of Boston (as described by Pevsner)
Above: this beautiful photograph of the Masonic Temple has been supplied by Matte Black Media https://www.matteblackmedia.co.uk/
The Masonic Temple in Boston is an astonishing building to find in a small east coast market town. Tucked away in Main Ridge West, the structure is a copy of the ancient Egyptian temple at Dandour in Nubia (which has now been transprted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York). A fine example of Egyptian Revival, the building was constructed in 1860-3.
The curved ashlar cornice is carved with the winged disc of the sun supported by asps. The columns have capitals of palmettes. Egyptian hieroglyphics on the columns read 'In the 23rd year of the reign of Her Majesty the Royal Daughter Victoria, Lady Most Gracious, this building was erected. May it be prosperous'.
Behind the open front is a doorway with stone surround, surmounted by a winged sun and a Greek inscription 'Know Myself'. Inside the ground floor has an entrance hall, kitchen and banquet room mostly twentieth-century. On the first floor the lodge room is decorated with masonic symbols including the winged globe, the scarabeus, the lotus, the triangle of light and the disc of the Sun.
On Sundays we try to feature photographs of Boston sent in by our friends and followers. If you have a special place in Boston you would like to share please send the image (which must be your own) and a few words on why it is special to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Today's picture has been submitted by Claire Fairweather, who would like to know more about 22 Dolphin Lane.
Claire thinks at one time it may have been a public house, but information on the property is scarse.
Neil Wright, the Preservation Trust's historian, says:
Unfortunately No.22 is one that I do not have much information about. It was uninhabited in the 1881 census, and my information starts with the 1891 census. Then living there were William Schrimshaw, aged 44, who was born in Wrangle, a tailor and furniture dealer, with his wife Marie, aged 33 (born Gosberton) and his wife's sister, Fanny Freemantle, aged 24 (born in Gosberton).
Directories give his address in the 1890s as 20, 22, 24 and 25. My interpretation is that 20/22 is one half of the building, 24 is the second half of that building, and 25 is on the other side of the lane.
From 1926 to 1939 inclusive "No.20/22" was Robert Thompson, draper, and I think he actually had the whole shop, as Schrimshaw had.
It then kept changing fairly frequently and I have only found a few of the occupiers. In 1953 it was The Laundrette, in 1965 Star Supply Co., and just before 2015 Gracies Attic.
Schrimshaw's advertisements included a drawing of his shop and the workshop behind. If you have a copy of "The Book of Boston" (1986) there is a copy of his advertisement on page 91.
In normal times on a Saturday we would talk about the events at Fydell House. However, during the lockdown there are no events. Therefore we will use the Saturday slot to talk about the work of the Preservation Trust and how you can get involved if you wish.
As well as a Board of Trustees, elected by the members, there are several committees which include: the Civic Group, the Property Committee, the Fydell House Management Committee, the Compliance Committee, the Education and Events Committee, the Membership Committee, the Garden team, and the Friends of Fydell House.
Today we look at the Civic group:
The Civic Group of the Trust acts as Boston’s Civic Society and meets regularly to consider issues affecting the local environment. Planning applications are regularly inspected by a dedicated team, and comments are agreed for submission to the Borough Council.
The Trust’s programme of Blue Plaques identifies the area’s most noteworthy heritage buildings and prominent citizens. Various studies and projects are
carried out in cooperation with Boston College and local schools.
Anyone can come and raise a Civic Concern at the meetings, for
consideration by this respected and effective pressure group.
The Banksiae rose was in full flower earlier today. Named after Lady Dorothea Banks, wife of Sir Joseph Banks (who was a frequent visitor to Fydell House). The rose is thornless and exceptionally hardy.
Note: Fydell House remains closed to the public due to the Covid 19 emergency.
The main staircase at Fydell House has mid-18th century Rococo decoration on the walls - after passing through the rather dark paneled Entrance Hall, the staircase often astonishes visitors with its beautiful design.