Boston Stump makes top 50 UK steeples in new book

The Boston Stump - credit Julian Flannery EMN-161014-144718001
The Boston Stump - credit Julian Flannery EMN-161014-144718001

The Boston Stump has been listed as one of the 50 best medieval churches in the UK in a new book to be released later this month.

Fifty English Steeples: The Finest Medieval Parish Church Spires and Towers in England is written by author and architect Julian Flannery, 53, from Solihull.

Julian has spent two-and-a-half years working on the 496-page text which includes six maps, 76 photographs and 171 line drawings.

Surveys of each steeple are also included, giving in-depth information to readers about churches across the UK.

Julian explained how the idea came about.

He said: “It is something that I have been interested in for quite a while. I was looking for a book on the subject, and there wasn’t one.”

Julian told The Standard there was a gap in the market which he could fill with his own book, so began conducting his research into which steeples to include.

Ten of the steeples mentioned are in Lincolnshire, and Julian said: “Lincolnshire really is the best county in the country for spires.”

He gave the Boston Stump a special mention, when he said: “Some of the churches are of national importance, such as The Stump.”

On the stump, Julian writes in his book, “The ‘Boston Stump’, as it is affectionately known, is one of the greatest triumphs of medieval engineering.”

The book will be published by Thames and Hudson on October 27, and has a retail price of £50, but is available on Amazon.