A MAJOR restoration project at one of Boston’s most historic buildings is due to start today (Wednesday).
Work to repair Hussey Tower, in Skirbeck Road, is being undertaken by Heritage Lincolnshire in partnership with the owners of the tower, Boston Borough Council.
The 15th century tower is a Scheduled Monument and a Grade II* Listed building.
Although some repairs have been carried out in the past, the structure has been gradually declining for many years. But thanks to grant funding of more than £140,000 it will soon have a new lease of life.
Worn and damaged brickwork in the walls will be consolidated and replaced where necessary and the staircase, which has long been too dangerous to allow visitors to climb it, will be repaired and made accessible again.
Heritage Lincolnshire is in the process of establishing a ‘Friends of Hussey Tower’ group of local volunteers to manage the tower when the work is complete.
Built by Richard Benyngton, a wealthy merchant and Justice of the Peace, Hussey Tower is one of the earliest examples of the use of brick in the county.
In the 16th century the house was owned by Sir John Hussey, hence the building’s current name. In 1536 Sir John was implicated in the Lincolnshire Rising and was sentenced to death by Henry VIII.
The Tower retained his name but it was never used as a family residence again and it has now been a ruin for more than 200 years.
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