The Future of Shodfriars
In order to maintain this landmark building in the heart of Boston we need to restore it and transform it into a sustainable enterprise.
Some potential future uses:
Multi-purpose events centre
We are looking for people to complete a questionnaire and offer ideas on other potential uses and would encourage you to complete a survey below.
Our History and Cultural Quarter
Much is still unknown about the history of this impressive building. The earliest mention of the building was as the ‘Golden Howes’ in the rent books of the Guild of Corpus Christi, this was in the last quarter of the 14th century. It is believed the original front section of the building was their Guildhall, being situated in a prominent position on the Quayside and Market Place.
The building later became known as the ‘Old Flemish House’, and is an early and rare example of this type of timber framed building. It is the most significant timber framed building in the town of Boston, Lincolnshire. The status and scale of this building reflects the success of Boston as a port at the time.
It is believed that a renovation took place in the 17th century, or at least in the 1870s parts of another 17th century building were used in this later renovation.
The major renovation and extension in the 1870s was commissioned by the Boston Conservative Club of the time. George Gilbert Scott Jr and John Oldrid Scott were commissioned to renovate and design the large rear extension. This was constructed in the Northern European Gothic Style, paying homage to the Hanseatic links to other ports across Europe, many with similarly designed buildings.
It was previously believed that the majority of the timber frame structure was replaced during this major renovation and that not much of the original structure remained. However, in more recent times studies have shown that the majority of the original timber framed structure had been preserved during the renovation and still stands today.
In more recent times, and not building related, Arthur Lucan (AKA Old Mother Riley) is known to have made his stage debut at Shodfriars Hall. He was paid to help sweep and keep the auditorium clean and tidy. He was later asked to fill in for a cast member who had fallen ill. The rest, as they say, is history.
The building is Grade II* listed.
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