Book captures Boston’s past and present

Looking back at Strait Bargate
Looking back at Strait Bargate

Never before published photos of Boston have been brought together in a new book by a local author.

Helen Shinn, who is founder and editor of local history and nostalgia magazine Boston Old Times, was approached by Amberley Publishing to put together the book called Boston Through Time.

Helen Shinn

Helen Shinn

Inside its pages are a collection of pictures from the past and present, detailing the town’s rich heritage.

Mrs Shinn, a former pupil of Boston High School and a graduate of Nottingham Trent University, said: “The book aims to take the reader on a tour of Boston, with matching images from the past and the present day. It is not only about the buildings. Whilst they are important, the book aims to capture the human side of Boston’s history and heritage.

“A great deal of research was undertaken using original resources, such as newspapers and directories as well as talking to older Bostonians. A large number of photographs are included in the book which haven’t been published in history books of Boston before.

“It is largely thanks to readers of the Boston Old Times that I have managed to find so many original photographs. I am very grateful to the many local people who got involved and responded to my appeal for contributions of photos and information.”

Strait Bargate now

Strait Bargate now

Mrs Shinn added that the book is intended as a celebration of Boston’s history and achievements and aims to showcase what the town has to offer. Aswell as being a history book, she hopes the present-day images will also provide a snapshot of Boston in 2014 for readers in the future to reflect on.

The book is available from the Boston Old Times shop at 2 Silver Court, where Mrs Shinn is also happy to sign copies of the book bought in the shop.

The pictures from the book on this page are reproduced courtesy of Amberley Publishing.

MBSP Market Place looking to South Street before

MBSP Market Place looking to South Street before

MBSP Market Place looking to South Street now

MBSP Market Place looking to South Street now

Restoration work at Boston Stump circa 1932

Restoration work at Boston Stump circa 1932