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Boston District

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    • Boston 2; From the Marina to the Port

      February 19 in England ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      A short walk upstream from the town centre brings you to the Boston Gateway Marina and the Boston Grand Sluice Lock.  Walking back into town on the footpath on the side of the River Witham, we pass the new eliptical St Botolph's pedestrian bridge, divert around the White Hart Hotel, and rejoin at the High Street.  There are good views of South Street on the other side before we reach the bridge over the John Adams Way and cross over, and proceed along South End and then South Terrace.  There is a footpath along the outskirts of the Port of Boston Industrial Area, but only as far as the railway swing bridge here.  

      The Port of Boston 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 via a railway swing bridge, which is active several times each day.

      It has been good to be close to the port area, as it is often not considered on visits to Boston.
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    • Boston 1; The Heritage Trail

      February 18 in England ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

      Boston is a market town and inland port in Lincolnshire; it is situated on the River Witham and used to be the second largest port in the UK after London, but decline started when the flat countryside around the town, The Fens, started to be drained.

      We start our Heritage Trail walk at the station; close to this is Swan House - located on Trinity Street, the building has been converted into flats, but it was originally built for the processing of feathers for pillow cases.  We walk into town and pass the Municipal Buildings on West Street before crossing the Haven to the town centre, and the Market Place (the River Witham is known as The Haven on its route through Boston).  From here we cross to St Botolph's Church (aka The Stump); this is Boston's most notable landmark and the largest parish church in England - it has one of the tallest medieval towers in the country (over 266 feet) and this is visible from miles away across the surrounding flat countryside. 

      From here, we walk the length of Bargate and cross the Maud Foster Drain to see the Maud Foster Windmill, a seven-storey, five sail windmill; the tower mill and adjoining granary is a grade I listed building.  We double back into town to see the magnificent War Memorial before turning off to see Pescod Hall, originally built in 1450 and now in front of the Pescod Square Shopping Mall.  Then its back to the Market Place and along South Street towards the Cultural Quarter; here we see Shodfriars Hall, a substantial timber-framed building of three storeys, and in a road behind it is the Blackfriars Arts Centre, situated in a converted medieval friary.  Along South Street is The Guildhall, a former municipal building and now as a local museum, and next door to this is Fydell House, a Queen Anne house and open to the public for room hire, conferences and weddings.  We cross the John Adams Way to South End for the short walk past Boston Grammar School to see Hussey Tower, hidden away behind some new houses on the edge of the School playing fieds; this is a grade II listed historic tower, dating back to 1450, and the remains of a medieval brick-fortified house.  

      It has been a very interesting walk around Boston; there is more to see here than one thinks.
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    • Day 5

      Den4 Cesta do UK V.

      May 15, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Tak sme vyrazili za Rebekou a zacali mierne problemy. A sice velmi slaby mobilny signal sposobil, ze sa nedal do navigacie v aute stiahnut ciel cesty. No odpustim si vsetky detaily, hlavne je, ze sme nakoniec k Rebeke dorazili, aj ked za mojho "mierneho" "frflania" na vsetko anglicke, pocnuc zlym mobilnym signalom, cez jazdenie na opacnej strane vozovky, system kolonialnych mier, az po samostatne kohutiky na horucu a studenu vodu. Foto Rebekinej izby vzhladom na prebiehajuci proces balenia vsetkych veci nepublikujeme. Dalsi dlhy den sme ukoncili spolocnou vecerou v stylovej restike The Spirit Of Endeavour (http://www.thespiritofendeavourboston.co.uk/).Read more

    • Day 2

      Day 2 - To Quadring (Spalding)

      July 3, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Up early we explored Great Ryburgh. A casual walk found the Crisp malt factory, the parish church with it's classic Saxon tower, and village housing complete with Manor House and servant quarters. We had planned to head for Nottingham before seeking out our next accommodation for the night. Upon realizing this would entail some major back tracking, we decided instead to explore Boston and Skegness. Boston was a clear full place, maybe a little tardy in places. After getting some U.K. cash for incidental expenses - parking meters etc - next stop lunch. Found a great cafe with staff speaking with Eastern European accents rather than the customary English lilts. The food and service was good. We explored The Stump (the city cathedral) and even climbed the tower. What an adventure that was. The ancient stone spiral staircase was amazing - challenging to master - but well worth the £5 and effort. The view from the top is amazing. Next the drive north to Skegness to get our first nostril-full of sea air and get sand between our toes. Well worth the trip. Even managed to pull up a deck chair on the pier to soak up some British sun. Yes the sun doth shine.

      By now it was time to seek out a bed for the night. Traffic on the roads was a bit chaotic. Huge tractor after another towing long trailers using the road and holding up traffic. The GPS obviously needs a rest by now as it took us to the wrong location. There is more than one 'new road' in this neck of the woods. Mr Google was employed and came up with the goods getting up to our destination. Note to self - it pays to enter the postal code when asking for some directions. The limitations of the English language mean some places are duplicated in so many Counties.

      On arrival we were pleasantly surprised to find the farm cottage had been extensively renovated and was a brilliant home away from home. Set amongst fields and old farming ruins it was a real gem.
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