Vandals gouge out Hussey Tower walls

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at Hussey Tower. NA
Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at Hussey Tower. NA

Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been done to the outer walls and gates of one of Boston’s historic buildings after vandals are believed to have taken metal bars and wood planks to it.

Heritage Lincolnshire has called for members of the public to look out for antisocial activity at the Skirbeck Road site following the damage which is believed to have occurred sometime about Thursday or Friday, August 15 and 16.

Staff at Little Acorns nursery alerted the Heckington-based charity to the incident. Metal bars and planks of wood were found strewn around the grounds and are thought to have been used to gouge out the brickwork.

Heritage Lincolnshire’s Chief Executive Liz Bates said: “Hussey Tower is not only one of the most important monuments within Boston, it is such a rare survival of its type that it is also deemed to be of national significance.

“The recent repairs were aimed not only at ensuring that the monument survives into the future, but also that people have an opportunity to visit and learn about its fascinating history.

“After all of the work by the Trust and its partners to achieve its restoration we are devastated at the extent of the damage that has been done.”

Hussey Tower is a Scheduled Monument and Grade II* listed building owned by Boston Borough Council and managed by Heritage Lincolnshire.

In 2011 major restoration of the building took place, costing around £140,000.

Anyone with information to pass on about damage to Hussey Tower should email or call 01529 461499.