Living in Boston, Lincolnshire
If buying a new home in a pretty Lincolnshire port town with a long history takes your fancy, Boston might just be the place for you.
Located on the scenic east coast of England, Boston is popular with families and couples looking to make a home where they can enjoy the unique mix of urban and rural living that you can only get in a small town. You can enjoy big-city shopping and social life with both Peterborough (30 miles) and Lincoln (36 miles) less than an hour away.
The town was also named the 11th most thriving community in the UK according to a report published by the Sunday Times in October 2019. The report found that Boston has a high employment growth rate of 52%, marking it as desirable location for employers and homeowners alike. The town also received recent exposure as film location for ITV drama Wild Bill, starring Hollywood actor Rob Lowe.
With the community looking set to continue to thrive, Boston makes a perfect location for anyone wishing to buy a new home. Of all the uber-towns listed in the Sunday Times report, Boston has the lowest average house price (circa £162,000) — but you will have to move quickly if you want a bargain. Values here have risen by nearly 14% since June 2016.
The town has developed along the banks of the River Witham which joins the Haven, which flows into the North Sea at the mouth of the River Welland. The population currently stands at circa 69,400 with the majority aged between 20 and 64 years of age.
Employment stands at 52% with a large proportion working in manufacturing, wholesale, transportation and storage, admin and support services, education and healthcare.
Boston is easily commutable from Lincoln and Peterborough, from where London King's Cross is a mere 45 minutes away by train. Trains run regularly to Nottingham and Skegness from the town's station.
With new housing developments in place across the local area, there has never been a better time to invest in a new home here.
In Boston, you will find the majority of amenities needed for daily life. There are banks, library, post offices, dentists, GP surgeries, and supermarkets located throughout the city, generously serving the needs of local residents.
There are two hospitals in the area, looking after the health needs of the town and the wider community. Lincoln County Hospital is less than an hour’s drive away.
Boston's most important industries are food production, including vegetables and potatoes; road haulage and logistics companies that carry the food.
The port of Boston provides significant employment opportunities. It handles more than one million tons of cargo per year including the import of steel and timber and the export of grain and recyclable materials. The port is connected by rail, with steel imports going by rail each day to Washwood Heath in Birmingham. The port and town are also connected by trunk roads including the A16 and the A52.
Light industry and tourism are also important within the area.
There is a strong sense of community in Boston, which is unique to smaller English market towns. There are a number of clubs and centres available to residents and the wider community. There are several community centres within the town that provide spaces for local meetings, entertainment functions and for club meetings.
Community initiatives include Healthwatch Lincolnshire, Food Bank, Boston Community Transport, and Lincolnshire CVS.
There are also a number of other charitable organisations within the area which welcome new volunteers, allowing anyone and everyone to find a new hobby that interests them.
Finding Boston should be no problem if you have a compass – it is due north of Greenwich on the Prime Meridian!
The town’s station is used by 200,000 passengers each year. It offers services to Nottingham (via Sleaford) to the west, the seaside resort of Skegness to the north-west and to London, the north of England and Scotland via Grantham on the East Coast main line.
The A17 and A52 both link into the town with access to surrounding towns, cities and coastal routes.
There is also a well-organised public transport system in Boston, linking it to the surrounding towns and villages. For more information visit https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/transport-and-roads/public-transport/
Boston offers a good variety of education with both public and independent primary and secondary schools. St George's Preparatory School was established in 2011 and is housed in a stunning Grade II listed building.
Boston Grammar School is an all-male selective school and Boston High School on Spilsby Road is an all-girls selective school. You also have the choice of Haven High Academy and Boston College, which provides mostly A level courses.
Higher education options are available at the University of Lincoln and further afield at Nottingham University – part of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive UK universities – and Nottingham Trent University. All three institutions maintain close partnership links with major industries throughout the Midlands and the East.
The Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex has a large leisure pool, training pool, gyms, studios, sauna, steam room, spa pool and relaxation areas and The Witham Sailing Club is located close to the town centre.
Eating out is a pleasure in Boston and there is plenty of choice. The town has many restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and takeaways to suit all tastes, including specialists in Italian, Mexican, Thai, Polish, Chinese, Indian and American cuisine. Fine dining is also available in many of the historic villages that surround the town.
Boston has a theatre and arts centre called Blackfriars which was formerly the refectory of the Benedictine friary, built in the 13th century.
The Savoy on West Street is a cinema and concert venue.
With the town’s rich history, you can also enjoy the Boston Guildhall, Maud Foster Windmill, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre, St Botolph’s Church, the Bubble car Museum and Fydell House.
If you want to get closer to the water or back to nature, the river cruises on the Boston Belle are popular and nature lovers can take a trip to Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve.
The parish church of Saint Botolph is known locally as Boston Stump and is renowned for its size and its dominant appearance in the surrounding countryside.
Boston is famous for its market. A traditional market is held every Wednesday and Saturday in one of England's largest marketplaces, with an additional market and outside auction held on Wednesdays on Bargate Green.
The historic marketplace – a large part of which is traffic-free – is surrounded by a variety of nationally known high street names and locally-owned shops, including many independent specialist stores, cafes and boutiques.
It has been held that Boston started as a Roman or Saxon settlement, but doubt has been cast on this by historians. The modern settlement grew out of important Norman estates because it lay on the point of a navigable tidal river and a land route. During the 11th and 12th centuries, the town grew into a thriving medieval seaport, second only to London in terms of exports to Europe through the merchants of the Hanseatic League. Wool was the chief commodity and, in the 14th century, it is estimated that over 3 million fleeces of the finest quality wool were exported every year.
The town is dominated by the tower of St. Botolph’s church, popularly known as ‘Boston Stump’ and it is the largest purpose-built parish church in England. In the early 17th century, a group of religious dissenters tried to depart from the area to find religious freedom in Holland, but they were arrested and imprisoned in the town Guildhall.
Later they were released and eventually sailed from Plymouth as ‘The Pilgrim Fathers’ on ‘The Mayflower’ and founded Plymouth, America in 1620.
Many, often wealthy Bostonians were also inspired by the Preacher, John Cotton, to sail to America. These Puritans, who wanted to purify the Church of England, sailed in 1630 on the Winthrop Fleet and founded Boston, Massachusetts on September 7th, honouring Boston’s part in the great adventure.
When the railway reached the town in 1848 it once again became an important port town. In 1884 a new dock with its associated wharves on The Haven were constructed. It continued as a working port, exporting grain, fertiliser, and importing timber, although much of the fishing trade was moved out in the inter-war period.
Boston has historically had strong links with Netherlands through trade and the drainage of the Fens. There is a strong Dutch influence in the town which can be seen in its architecture.
The parish church of Saint Botolph is known locally as Boston Stump with its Gothic style dominates the surrounding countryside.
The seven-storeyed Maud Foster Tower Windmill, completed in 1819, also features strongly in the town. It was extensively restored in the late 1980s and became a working mill again. It stands next to the drain it is named after and is unusual in having an odd number (five) of sails.
Hussey Tower is all that remains of a medieval brick fortified house, built in 1450.
Allison Homes is currently building stylish, eco-friendly new homes at Boston Gate, an exciting new development of traditionally built two, three, four and five-bedroom homes.
Situated off Sibsey Road, Boston Gate has 16 different styles of home to choose from, with something for all the family whether you are setting foot on the property ladder for the first time, seeking a larger home for your growing family or downsizing.
Just 18 miles further afield in a northerly direction, toward the Lincolnshire Wolds, you can find Horncastle, where Allison Homes are constructing traditionally built 2 and 3 bedroom bungalows on their Horncastle Rise development off Thimbleby Hill.
13 miles in a southerly direction will bring you to Pinchbeck, near Spalding, a pretty market town famous as a centre for flower growing. Pinchbeck combines the charm of rural living with all the amenities that the bustling market town of Spalding has to offer.
Allison Homes are building 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes at their Pinchbeck Fields development where there is something for everybody - whether you are a first time buyer, a young or growing family or thinking of downsizing.
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