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Site of former Congregational Chapel, Red Lion Street, Boston



Reference Name MLI88903

Name:
Site of former Congregational Chapel, Red Lion Street, Boston

Summary:
Site of former Congregational Chapel and school, Red Lion Street, Boston

Location:
BOSTON, BOSTON, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
PRN 13846
Trial trenching on land off Red Lion Street revealed various late post medieval walls including the walls and floor surface of the Congregational church which is shown on the 1889 Ordnance Survey map. Post medieval finds including pottery, glass, building material and clay pipes were also recovered. {1}{2}

The site was visited in 2008 as part of a survey of nonconformist chapels in the Boston Borough. The chapel is referred to in various documentary sources. The first building on the site was constructed in 1850 by Stephen Lewin on the site of a former theatre, using some materials from that theatre, for a faction from the Grove Street chapel. This first chapel on the site is described and illustrated in Thompson and described in White's Lincolnshire. It was built of brick "of a tint approaching that of stone", had a tower with a spire, round-arched openings, a large rose window in the gabled front and schools on the ground floor with the chapel above. It was replaced in 1868 with a building by Innocent and Brown of Sheffield which seated 500. This later building is included in the Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting Houses in Eastern England where it is described as built of yellow brick with red brick and stone dressings with a large plate-traceried rose window in the gable. It is shown on the 1968 OS 1:2500 map and the 1974 OS 1:10000 map. but was closed by 1972. The site is now used as a car park (2008).{3}{4}{5}{6}{7}{8}{9}

Sources:
1 Intervention Report: Archaeological Project Services. 2006. Archaeological Evaluation on land at Red Lion Street, Boston. BSB 05
2 Excavation archive: Archaeological Project Services. 2006. Archaeological Evaluation on land at Red Lion Street, Boston. LCNCC 2005.244
3 Digital archive: Lincolnshire County Council. 2004-2009. GIS layer depicting locations and survival of nonconformist chapels. 13846
4 Bibliographic reference: Thompson, Pishey. 1856. The Histories and Antiquities of Boston. Pages 209-210
5 Bibliographic reference: Ambler, R.W.. 1979. Lincolnshire Returns of the Census of Religious Worship, 1851. Page 49 No. 246
6 Bibliographic reference: WHITE, W.. 1856. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire. Page 283
7 Bibliographic reference: Stell, Christopher. 2002. Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting Houses in Eastern England. Page 198
8 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1968. OS 1:2500 SERIES. TF 3244
9 Map: OS. 1970. OS 1:10000 SERIES. TF 34 SW

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The following reports are available from the ADS digital library.
1 Intervention Report: Archaeological Project Services. 2006. Archaeological Evaluation on land at Red Lion Street, Boston. BSB 05

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