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History of Boston is closely linked to the Parish Church, St. Botolphs named after a Saxon monk, who it is believed built the first monastery , some 1,300 years ago. The church is affectionately known as "Boston Stump" how this name came about no one is quite sure; however, it is thought that the appearance from the flat fenlands suggests a stump. Building of the present church began in 1309, on the site of a smaller Norman church and was completed by about 1390. Work on the tower, designed by Reginald of Ely, started about 1450. It was a considerable feat of engineering for its time and took 70 years to build. During the early 1920's the death-watch beetle seriously damaged roof timbers and cracks were found in the tower. Funds were raised for the repairs, some of the money coming from well-wishers in Boston, Mass. U.S.A. In recent years with no funding from the government responsibility of the church lies with the vicar, townspeople and the generosity of its visitors.

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