Boston Guildhall

Boston Guildhall
South Street
Boston
Lincolnshire
PE21 6HT
England

Website

The Boston Guildhall's website

www.bostonguildhall.co.uk

Boston Borough Council

www.boston.gov.uk

Boston Guildhall Museum

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E-mail

Tourist Information

ticboston@boston.gov.uk

Telephone

Reception

01205 365954

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Boston Guildhall
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Boston's Guildhall of St. Mary is one of the oldest and most significant religious guildhalls in the country. First thought to have been built in the 15th Century, it was recently discovered during a restoration programme in 2008 that it was actually built during the 1390's making it one of the first Guildhalls ever built.

The building has had a long and varied history, from its beginnings as a religious guildhall, then as a town hall, a Museum and also as a British restaurant during World War II. The Pilgrim Fathers were also tried and held in the prison cells.

In 1515, St Mary's Guild spent a princely £20 on a single feast that they celebrated in the banqueting hall. In today's money this is more than £9,500. Quite a contrast to the 1 shilling that it cost to have a meal at the British Restaurant in the Guildhall in 1943 - the modern equivalent of this is only £1.30!

The building consists of a chapel, banqueting hall, court room, council chamber, buttery, kitchen and cell area. Bostons Tourist Information Centre is in the Guildhall and the building is available for civil wedding ceremonies.

Come and discover 600 years of history at the Boston Guildhall!

Venue Type:

Museum, Sacred space, Heritage site

Opening hours

Wednesday - Saturday, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Admission charges

Free Entry

Getting there

By road:
From the West and South follow the signs for Boston town centre using West Street or High Street to reach the Market Place. At the Market Place follow the one way system along South Street and Boston Guildhall is on your left.

From the North and East follow the A16 along John Adams Way. At the 2nd roundabout take the 3rd exit back onto the A16. Go straight on at the lights and take the first left onto Quacker Lane. Turn left onto Spain Lane and left again onto South Street. Boston Guildhall is on your left.

By train: The nearest station is Boston train station. Exit the station towards the town centre and follow the signage to Boston Guildhall.

By bus: Boston is on the bus route from Lincoln, Skegness, Spalding.

For more information on train and bus time tables please call 01205 365954

Includes items relating to the history of Boston Guildhall.
Items include: Original inventory of the Guildhall mid-sixteenth Century (which is 9 feet long), portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, Corporation Regalia, Charter signed by King Henry 8th, original printing of Foxe's Book of Martyrs.
Sounds of a busy kitchen of the 18th Century and audio re-enactment of banqueting through the ages. Autobiographical account by William Bradford of the Pilgrim Fathers arrest whilst trying to escape to Holland. Audio-visual accounts of real cases and crimes that were tried in the Guildhall.

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Law and Order, Personalities, Religion, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Sir Joseph Banks
  • Pilgrim Fathers
  • William Bradford
  • John Foxe
  • Guild of St. Mary
  • History of Boston
  • Gold Noble
  • Guildhall Inventory
  • British Restaurant
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Boston Guildhall - WWI exhibition

Boston and WWI

  • 24 April — 29 November 2014 *on now

This exhibition looks at the material within the museum collection which reflects life during the War here in Boston.

When the war broke out, recruiting speeches were made in Boston market place in August 1914, calling on the local men to enlist in the armed forces.

Boston fishermen, like other fishermen along the coast of Lincolnshire, were affected immediately – jobs and income were lost and many of the trawlers themselves were commandeered by the Admiral to assist with tasks such as minesweeping in the North Sea. For those that were able to still fish, no trawlers were permitted to be in the water at night, their freedom of the water was restricted and their potential catches and income greatly reduced.

Fishermen were in danger at sea, as the enemy was in the water with them in light cruisers and submarines, and ready to fire at them. At the outbreak of the war between the 22nd and 26th August 1914, twenty three of Boston’s trawlers where sunk in the North Sea. The fishermen who survived were taken prisoner and transported by boat to Wilhelmshaven in Germany. Their families, unaware of their fate, received news in September 1914 that they had been taken to Ruhleben Prisoner of War camp where they remained until they were repatriated. The Lincolnshire Standard, January 1918, gave a full report of their return after being held prisoners for four years.

As the war continued, fishermen were no longer taken prisoner but were either left in the sea with their sinking trawler or killed outright by the Germans.
The first bombs were dropped on Boston by an L23 Zeppelin, September 1916. A total of seven bombs were released, one landed in Wyberton and the other six hit Boston, with one person killed by the attacks.

During the war hospital ships passed through Boston Docks with more than 4,000 sick and wounded men on board. Then in 1917/1918 Prisoners of War were exchanged through Boston Docks.

Over 9,000 men from Boston fought in the war and just under 1,000 of them lost their lives.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Boston Guildhall Museum is free entry.

Website

http://www.bostonguildhall.co.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Object Loan Boxes

http://www.bostonguildhall.co.uk

We have two themes, Medieval and Tudor, which are represented within our object handling boxes. Both subjects have a combination of original and replica material and are accompanied by worksheets and information about the contents.

Creator

  • Polly Wilkinson

How to obtain

If you would like to know more about our loan boxes and would like to book them out for your organisation or school, please contact us here at Boston Guildhall. There is currently no charge to access this resource.

Getting there

By road:
From the West and South follow the signs for Boston town centre using West Street or High Street to reach the Market Place. At the Market Place follow the one way system along South Street and Boston Guildhall is on your left.

From the North and East follow the A16 along John Adams Way. At the 2nd roundabout take the 3rd exit back onto the A16. Go straight on at the lights and take the first left onto Quacker Lane. Turn left onto Spain Lane and left again onto South Street. Boston Guildhall is on your left.

By train: The nearest station is Boston train station. Exit the station towards the town centre and follow the signage to Boston Guildhall.

By bus: Boston is on the bus route from Lincoln, Skegness, Spalding.

For more information on train and bus time tables please call 01205 365954

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