Celebrate Herbert’s life

A BOSTON MP, acclaimed locally for bringing clean piped drinking water to Boston, is to be honoured with a free exhibition at Fydell House this weekend.

Celebrating 200 years since Herbert Ingram’s birth, his great-great-grandaughter Jackie will be exhibiting family portraits and original documents never before seen.

There will also be a storyboard display about his life and times in Victorian Boston.

Born in Boston, Herbert, a statue of whom stands, near St Botolph’s Church, brought safe drinking water to Boston after a cholera outbreak.

He founded the Illustrated London News, the first newspaper to carry pictures - some of which will be on display.

In 1859 he was responsible for the completion of Brunel’s ship, the Great Eastern, and sailed on its maiden voyage.

He put money into Boston waterworks and railway schemes and was a benefactor of St Botolph’s restoration.

He became Boston’s Liberal MP in 1856, surviving as such until he died with his son during a holiday in America, when the steamship they were passengers on sank after a collision on Lake Michigan.

He is buried in Boston’s Victorian Cemetery.

The free exhibition will take place at the South Square House, from 11am-4pm, on Saturday and Sunday.

It will be opened by the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire Robin Maxwell Battle and attended by guests including the Mayor of Boston Coun Mary Wright, family members, MP Mark Simmonds and staff from the Illustrated London News.