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History of the Guildhall

The town of Boston

The name "Boston" is believed to have derived from Botulphstone. According to tradition St Botolph, an Anglo-Saxon monk, established a monastery here in the seventh century but there is no evidence to support this. The town came to serve as a port for Lincoln after the first town bridge and sluice were built in 1142. Boston was able to quickly become the main port for the East Midlands and between the years of 1280-1290 the fleeces of about 3 million sheep were shipped through Boston each year.

Much of the commercial life of the town centred on its internationally important fairs the Boston fair first mentioned in 1125 and well established by the 1170's became one of the most popular in Europe with even London's court of Hustings being suspended during the fair to allow members to attend. In addition to the annual fair a charter permitting weekly markets was granted in 1308 and the Wednesday and Saturday markets continue to be a feature of life in Boston to this day.

The amazing stories of the Guild, the Guildhall and Boston can be discovered by exploring the links to the left.