BOSTON Stump is in line for its biggest investment in more than 150 years, after the church secured funding for major internal works.
St Botolph’s will be set up with a brand new shop, cafe and offices and will be fitted with toilets, including disabled facilities.
The £250,000 project is the culmination of more than 20 years of planning and hard work by the church authorities to modernise the building and make it more attractive to visitors.
Project manager Peter Coleman told The Standard: “Inside the church it’s the biggest investment since the major restoration of the mid-1800s when they did lots of the existing work in the church.
“The Stump is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Lincolnshire, so we are trying to make it more welcoming and easier for people when they visit.
“A church which is this important historically and culturally really needs to have these sorts of facilities these days.”
Five different organisations have provided funding for the work, which will be completed by May this year, and the church has contributed £50,000 of the money itself. The funding bodies involved are the Wash Fens Rural Development Programme, WREN Environment Ltd, the Beatrice Lang Trust, the Church and Community Fund and the National Churches Trust.
It is hoped that when the project is complete it will entice more visitors to the church and the town, boosting the local economy and promoting the town as a tourist information.
Vicar of Boston Canon Robin Whitehead said: “This is fabulous news both for the church and the town. We have been working hard for a number of years to secure this funding and through the generosity of these organisations we have finally achieved our goal.”