The golden stone Gothic tracery of St.Botulph's tower, Boston
Looking up into the tower of St.Botulph's church ('Boston Stump'). Morning sunlight illuminates the golden Gothic stone tracery and carved ceiling (installed in 1851-53 to the original plan by 1851 to 1853 by George Gilbert Scott), casting reflections and shadows onto the walls. The blue sky and white clouds outside are seen through the tall windows.
At 272 feet, the Medieval tower is one of tallest in England, visible for miles across the flat surrounding fenland. Only 33 feet from the River Haven, the tower has never required any addition support thanks to the remarkable skill of the original Medieval builders. Externally, the tower is capped with a decorative stone octagonal lantern fringed with pinnacles, each sporting a golden wind vane (please see my other images in this gallery). Lights were once lit in the lantern to guide ships at sea in The Wash.
Date taken: 17 September 2011.