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The Small Town With A Big Story

An online hub celebrating Boston's fascinating history

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Salt Extraction

Find out how important to Boston exporting salt was

Tom Lane

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The Norman Takeover

Learn about the Norman Takeover that shaped the country

David Radford

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Markets and Fairs

Learn about the markets and fairs of Boston that can still be seen today!

Sharon Middleton

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Boston and the Hanseatic League

Explore the powerful traiding alliance that spread across the North and Baltic Sea

Alison Fairman

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St Botolph’s Church

Find out about the church dedicated to St Botolph

Judy Cammack

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The 1390 Crusade

Learn about the 1390 Crusade that left from Boston!

Andrew Hoyle

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The Friaries

Learn how the Friaries affected Boston

David Radford

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The Rebellion of 1536

Find out how the rebellion of 1536 affected Boston

Neil Wright

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The Guilds (1260-1545)

Learn about the numerous religious Guilds within Boston

David Radford with Betty Brammer

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Maud Foster

Understand why the Maud Foster Drain was named after a 16th century Boston woman

Ann Carlton

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Boston’s Royal Charter, 1545

Research how one of King Henry VII's charters created, the present, Boston Borough Council

Neil Wright

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John Foxe (1516-1587)

Explore how John Foxe influenced the development of the Church of England

Patrick Corke

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The Pilgrims

Learn about the Pilgrim Fathers who wanted to find religious freedom

Luke Skerritt

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Reverend John Cotton, (1585-1652)

Find out about one of the best-known personalities to have lived in Boston

Barry Cotton

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Boston and the founding of Massachusetts

Learn about the pivitol role Boston played in the founding of Boston Massachusetts

Barry Cotton

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Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643)

Explore how Anne Hutchinson gained a public voice, to Cotton's inner circle of believers

Eve LaPlante

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Boston and the Civil War

Learn how the Civil War shaped Boston in the 17th century

Ian Middleton

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William Stukeley (1697-1765)

Research about Dr. William Stukeley, one of the founders of modern field archaeology

David Haycock

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Turnpike Roads

Understand how Turnpike Trusts improved the quality of the roads

Neil Wright

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Prosperity and Pleasure

learn how the economic prosperity of Boston from around 1760-1860, shaped Boston

Sharon Middleton

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Capability Brown (1716-1783)

Learn about Capability Brown, famous for creating landscapes, lakes and water features for the wealthy

David Radford

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Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820)

Research about Sir Joseph Banks, one of the most influencial Englishman of his time

Sharon Middleton

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The Grand Sluice

Find out about the Grand Sluice bridge that can still be seen in modern day Boston

Richard Austin

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The Witham: Boston to Lincoln

Explore how the witham was fixed to allow access for sea-going vessels

Neil Wright

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Boston Industrialised

Understand how the Industrial revolution paved the way for modern Boston

Neil Wright

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Banking in Boston

Research about the origins of banking in Boston, possessing the first bank in Lincolnshire

Sharon Middleton

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The Straightening of the Haven

Learn about the straightening of the Haven channel, and why it was immportant

Richard Austin

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Floods and Great Drainage Schemes

Find out how the great drainage schemes help save Boston from more floods

Richard Austin

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Maps of Medieval and Victorian & Edwardian Boston

Learn about the layout of Boston through the Medieval, Victorian & Edwardian era

Steve Johnston

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Non-Conformism in Boston

Learn about James I introduced measures to suppress the Puritans

Patrick Corke

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The Railway Town

Learn how the introduction of railways impacted Boston

Neil Wright

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Herbert Ingram (1811-1860)

Learn about how Herbert Ingram influenced the way news was presented

Jill Pepper

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Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878)

Research about the famous Victorian architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott

Andrew Hoyle

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The Australian Connection

Explore how the people of Boston was involved in the exploration of Australasia

Jill Pepper

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Jean Ingelow (1820-1897)

Learn about Jean Ingelow, a novelist and poet

Jill Pepper

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Catherine Booth (1829-1890)

Find out about Catherine Booth, one of the co-founders of The Salvation Army

David Radford

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The Port of Boston

Learn about the importance of the port of Bosoton

Neil Wright

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The Deep-Sea Fishing Fleet (1885-1936)

Learn about Deep Sea Fishing Company, and the hardsips they had to overcome

Suesan Brown

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Learn about the lucrative and dangerous job of retrieving shell-fish, one of Boston's earliest occupations

Suesan Brown & Shane Bagley

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Johnson Seeds

Find out about the country's leading supplier of seeds for many years. They were even used on Wembley Satdium!

Ray Hackford

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The Feather Industry

Research about the feather idustry in Boston, with one of the former factories still being in modern day Boston!

Robert Fleet

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Tags, Labels and Tickets

Explore one of the big businesses for Boston

John Gray

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The Timber Trade

Learn about the pivitol part Boston played in importing and distriputing timber throughout the UK

Richard Austin

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Boston in the First World War

Understand how the First World War impacted Boston

Adam Cartwright

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Boston in the Second World War

Understand how Boston managed through the Second World War

Adam Cartwright

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Feeding the Nation

Learn how Boston and surrounding areas helped to feed the nation, since they were the most productive agricultural region in the UK

John Debnam

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Public Parks and Spaces

Understand the role public parks and spaces played to help people, through the industrialisation of Boston

Neil Wright

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The Wash and its Wildlife

Learn about the wildlife the Wash holds and how i=they are protected

Chris Andrews

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Boston's Country Parks and Reserves

Learn how Boston's country parks and reserves allowed them to espcape the busy life

Andrew Malkin

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Learn how immigration has impacted Boston throughout time

Jill Pepper

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Fydell House and the Boston Preservation Trust

Learn about how the Fydell House was saved from demolition

David Radford

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Shodfriars Hall and Old Mother Riley

Learn about the shodfriars hall, and the success of Old Mother Riley

Rob Barclay

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The Maud Foster Mill

Learn about Boston's great windmill, that still stands to this day!

James Waterfall

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Health Care in Boston through the Ages

Learn about the healthcare in Boston, and Pilgrim Hospital the only building in Boston to rival St Botolph's church for a place in Boston's skyline

DR Martyn Walling and DR Ken Hines

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Sporting Heroes

Explore many of the sporting heros that originated from Boston, including many footballers, Olympians and ocean rowers

David Radford