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ST BOTOLPHS CHURCH

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The West tower has the famous octagonal lantern called the 'Boston Stump' . Former priory church of the Benedictine monastery, evidence of which was found during restoration work in 1851-3, (TF34SW42). The Knights Hospitallers made the church collegiate when they purchased the advowson from St Marys Abbey, York, in 1480, and they maintained a house for them in Wormgate. Rebuilding work commenced in 1309, the clerestoried nave, aisles and chancel, being completed in 1390. The tower was commenced in 1450, being completed circa 1520. There is also a South porch and North vestry. The church was restored in 1845 by Gilbert Scott and again in 1851-3 by George Place, with further restoration by Sir Charles Nicholson in 1929. The building is of ashlar with lead roofs.

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