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St. Botolph`s Church (Boston)

St. Botolph`s Church is the parish church of the historic Lincolnshire port and market town of Boston, and dates back to the 14th century.

It is one of the largest churches in England, and is widely known as "Boston Stump".

It`s actually the tower that has earned this nickname. It is the highest in England, rising to 272 feet, and can be seen from many miles away, even sometimes from the other side of The Wash at Hunstanton.

The tower is crowned by a lovely octagon, which formerly carried a beacon to guide ships into Boston Harbour. From the top, Lincoln Cathedral can be seen on a clear day.Over the South porch is the excellent parish library. Among its books is a copy of the first English Prayer Book, dating from 1549, as well as a first edition of Foxes Book of Martyrs. Its author, John Foxe, was born in Boston.

There is a fine collection of misericords, one of which shows a mermaid luring a ship to its doom.

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