Boston set to join modern Hanseatic League


The people behind a bid to join the modern Hanseatic league - an international alliance of towns and traders - said they were ‘elated’ after councillors recommended applying.

Councillors at a Boston Borough Council scrutiny meeting on Thursday, were presented with a report detailing the advantages and disadvantages of joining the league.

The report, which drew from work by local historian Dr Pamela Cawthorne, made reference to the success of King’s Lynn’s membership and said the benefits of joining included promotion of the town’s ‘heritage, history, and vibrancy’.

After the meeting Alison Fairman said the group was ‘elated’ and thanked Dr Cawthorne for her work.

Dr Cawthorne said the group is ready to begin as soon as possible.

She said: “We have been working on this for three years so there’s a body of work ready. There’s a lot of contacts ready to move.”

Councillors agreed to recommend joining the league and put £350 aside in case the group wanted to apply to be part of a business ‘sub-group’. They recommended providing a place for the group to meet. The plans will be discussed at cabinet in January.

The modern Hanseatic league has 183 member towns across 16 countries - in England this includes King’s Lynn and Kingston upon Hull.

The original Hanseatic League was an alliance of traders and merchants from Northern Germany, the Baltic States and Lowland Europe.

In the Medieval Hanseatic League, Boston, one of the wealthiest ports in England, was a ‘Kontore’, a trading post and held a ‘house’, an area to conduct trade and a steelyard.