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International travel writer's praise for 'stunning' Boston

Boston Growing interest in the Mayflower Pilgrims and their Lincolnshire connections has led to more international exposure for Boston.

A travel journalist writing for the online site London Unattached followed the Separatists' Lincolnshire route - from Lincoln to Gainsborough to atmospheric Scotia Creek and on to the cells at Boston Guildhall.

Fiona Maclean explores Mayflower heritage in the run-up to the 400th anniversary in 2020 of the sailing of the Mayflower.

She reasons that a strong challenge in Boston to the established church may have been why nearby Scotia Creek on The Wash shore was chosen as a departure point for William Brewster's group of 30, many of whom went on to become the Mayflower Pilgrims. Fiona features the cells inside the Guildhall where some of this group were imprisoned.

Boston Stump is also a focus for the travel writer because of the influence by preacher John Cotton from around 1612 which led to up to ten per cent of the town population leaving between 1630 and 1633, when Cotton also left, to found Boston, Massachusetts "The original town of Boston is still a stunning place full of heritage with the original Medieval town structure of a marketplace with a series of connecting lanes still clearly visible.  The Boston Stump, where John Cotton preached is a thriving community church. The displays in the Guildhall guides visitors through the history of the town from when Boston was second only in importance to London, a Hanseatic port with immense wealth and commercial importance, to the Papist Guild offering graces to the Separatist movement," writes Fiona.

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