The Red Trail : Shorter Route

Starting Point: War Memorial

A gentle ramble through the historic sites of the town centre, with a Spotters Guide for children to "Get a Handle on History"!

Expected Completion Time: 1-2hrs

  03 Start at the War Memorial

  04. Old Magistrates' Courts

  05. St Botolph's Church

  07. Shodfriars Hall

  10. Blackfriars Theatre

  11. The Guildhall

  12. Finish at Fydell House

  Photo Copyright Push Creativity 2022. All photos used with permission from Push Creativity

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    Red Trail

    Brought to you by Boston College Students & Heritage Lincolnshire


    "Come on a FREE heritage trail" Star


    "Kids Spotter's Tour" Karolina


    "Bring along your dogs to take the long or short route" Azlea


    "Upgrade your knowledge with a side of coffee" Adina


    "We are waiting for you" Marius

    08 Kayleigh Memorial

    03 War Memorial - An Immortalising Memorial

    The memorial was erected as a tribute to the people of Boston who went missing or were killed during the two World Wars. A total of 348 names date to the First World War and soon after the end of the Second World War another 215 names were added.

    Open to the Public

    Kayleigh Severn-Smith

    08 Adina Courthouse 01

    04 Old Magistrates' Courts - Magistrates on the Market: The Sessions House

    Little has been changed about the building during its 180-year history. The front exterior is very imposing, thanks to its Gothic style, and when looking at its crenelated towers you can't help but think it looks like a castle. However, if you go round to the back of the building, the architectural style looks more like a church!

    Currently in Use as a Gym

    Adina Balcina

    08 Stefania Stump 06

    05 St Botolph's Church (The Stump) - Wool, Cotton & Ghostly Grey Ladies

    St Botolph's Church, affectionately known to locals as 'The Stump' was built in 1309. The tower is one of the tallest medieval towers in the country. The Stump sits within the historic heart of Boston, and the town developed around it.

    Open to the Public

    Stefania Onua-Giliciu

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    07 Shodfriars Hall - Timber Framed Guildhall to Music Hall

    A historical monument with a beautiful, detailed interior, built in the 15th Century and renovated in 1874. A most striking timber­framed building at three storeys. It also saw the stage debut of Britain's first drag queen.

    Not Open to the Public at Present

    Millie Jones 

    08 Molly Blackfriars 01 Cropped

    10 Blackfriars Theatre - Plays in the Priory

    Even though the rest of the five-acre friary has
    been lost, it is likely that today's Blackfriars building would have sat on the southern edge of the cloister courtyard. Following extensive alterations and restoration works, the newly converted theatre opened in 1966.

    Open to the Public

    Molly Epton

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    11 The Guildhall - Jail Cell Selfies!

    St Marys Guild was founded in 1260, it had grown wealthy and by 1390 it had built the Guildhall. It is the earliest brick building in Boston, and possibly even the whole county. It's currently used as a visitor information centre and local museum.

    Open to the Public, Wed-Sat 10:30am-3:30pm, last admission 3:00pm

    Azlea Feeley

    08 Karolina Fydell

    12 Fydell House -Queen Anne Style

    Described as the grandest house in town, it was home to the prestigious Fydell Family who lived in the house for 140 years.

    Open to the Public

    Karolina Smaizyte 

    Get a Handle on History - Kids' Spotter's Guide

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    04 Blackfriars Copyright Push Creativity
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    04 Courthouse - Copyright Push Creativity
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    04 Fydell Copyright Push Creativity
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    04 Guildhall Copyright Push Creativity
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    04 Shodfriars Copyright Push Creativity
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    04 Stump Copyright Push Creativity

    If you can go inside Boston's Stump, see if you can find this beastly door handle. We asked you 'what animal do you think it is?'

    05 Bonus Stump Interior Copyright Push Creativity
    Your mission was to see if you could spot the doors in these photos, whilst journeying on the Shorter Red Route.
    Did you get the answers right? Check below and let us know how you did on social media.

    Ask your adults if they want to upload photos to social media of
    you taking part using the hashtag
    #HandlingBostonsHistory, the team behind this tour would love to see you!