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South Street
Lincolnshire, PE21 6HT
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The merchant’s Guild of St Mary was a religious guild founded in 1260.

During the 12th and 13th centuries Boston was a thriving port, and by the 14th century Boston had become the fourth-richest provincial town in England.

Boston’s Guildhall was constructed thanks to the enormous wealth generated by the wool traders of that time – the Guildsmen of St Mary.

The award-winning Guildhall, is one of Lincolnshire's medieval gems dating back to 1390, and is the best FREE show in town.

The museum tells the history of the Guildhall and the town and borough with a series of displays and exhibitions.

This historic monument to 600 years of development includes the story of where the Pilgrim Fathers were tried and imprisoned – you can experience being locked in the cells.

Originally the Guildhall was a centre for religious activities, including celebrating feast and saints’ days in the banqueting hall. The banqueting hall is still available for private hire and the Guildhall is licensed for wedding ceremonies.

Its use as a religious building ended in 1545. It then became Boston’s town hall and seat of administration and a centre for civic life.

It became a museum in 1929.

The Guildhall offers a glimpse of what life was like in Boston in the 13th Century, as well as displays from all other periods up to more modern times.

The Guildhall is alongside the river in South Street (PE21 6HT), and admission is free Wednesday to Saturday, 10.30am to 3.30pm (last admission 3pm).

For more information contact 01205 365954.

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