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Boston Guildhall

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South Street
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
01205 365954 http://www.bostonguildhall.co.uk

Built in the 1390’s this building is a testament to the wealth and influence of the Guild of St Mary at a time when Boston’s power as a centre of trade was second only to London. This wonderfully preserved building, with a wealth of original features, has survived the centuries and is to be enjoyed as one of Boston’s finest visitor attractions. A wealth of stories, secrets and experiences are told and shared throughout the building including the history of the Guild of St Mary, international trade with the Hanseatic League, Henry VIII dissolve of the Guild, the foundation of the Corporation of Boston and the very famous trial and imprisonment of the Pilgrim Fathers. The Guildhall is also home to the towns museum collection where displays and exhibitions bring life to the stories told, and a stunning venue for civil ceremonies and private functions.

Admission to the museum is FREE and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm with last admissions at 3 pm. As we are available for private hire there may be times when our opening hours are amended, please check our website or contact us for details.

The heritage-laden Banqueting Hall at the Guildhall is licensed for weddings and offers a historic backdrop which cannot be matched! The wedding ceremonies take place before the great west window in the Banqueting Hall where, for hundreds of years, people have celebrated their most important days. Wedding parties who choose the Guildhall for their special day get exclusive use of this medieval building, complete with the cells where the Pilgrim Fathers were held. If you’d like a smaller space for your ceremony we can also offer the Council Chamber. To sign your important document, the registry book, in the back drop of this Georgian styled room where many have signed the papers of the town is a truly emotive experience.

The Guildhall is available for weekday and weekend weddings and can accommodate 100 guests in the Banqueting Hall and 30 in the smaller Council Chamber room. After the ceremony guests can enjoy a drinks reception and perhaps a slice of wedding cake. Your photographs can be posed anywhere in the building, including the cells, to capture the romance of the building.

If you would like to visit us for an informal chat and to view the Guildhall in consideration as a venue for your special day please do contact us.

August 2019

Claiming the Fens – Neil Wright Talk

August 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Boston Guildhall, South Street
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
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£5

For centuries the fens north and west of Boston were vast areas of common land, over which commoners from many villages on the fen edges enjoyed common rights.   Even though parts of the fens were often flooded for months at a time, they still provided great benefits to the commoners.   Yet their great potential for growing crops could not be realised while the area was still open and unenclosed.   Between the 1764 and 1812 drainage improvements and the enclosure of…

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September 2019

The Pilgrim Story – Neil Wright Talk

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Boston Guildhall, South Street
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
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£5

As we open our new Pilgrim exhibitions and hold a day of activities at Boston Guildhall Museum, Neil will be joining us to share the history and the story of this group of separatists who looked to escape England. Their first attempt being in 1607 from Scotia Creek, just outside of Boston, where they were brought back in to the town and held here in the cells for 30 days, before being released. 2020 marks the 400th Anniversary of their…

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November 2019

Feathers, Filters and Cigars – Neil Wright Talk

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Boston Guildhall, South Street
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
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In the 19th century Boston had many small and medium-sized industries, few of which survive today.   Fisher Clark's label factory (under other names) and Fogarty's feather purifying both became large businesses and survived until recent times.   Although labels were a new invention, the feather industry had a long history in this area.   The development of water filters by a local entrepreneur had an international market and the business only left Boston when it merged with a London-based firm.   You…

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