Hussey Tower was built around 1450 by Richard Benyngton, collector of customs and excise in Boston, during the period in which it was the wealthiest port in England outside London. The tower was also once the impressive manorial home of Sir John Hussey, a member of the court of Henry VIII. It was constructed entirely of handmade red brick produced using local clay and was originally part of a large manor house, including a great hall, servants quarters, kitchens, stables and a large gatehouse. The tower was reserved for the high status accommodation of the Lord and his family. Hussey Tower as it exists today is only part of what was originally a much larger complex of buildings, however it still retains some rare architectural features.
The Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire has managed Hussey Tower on behalf of Boston Borough Council since 1996.
It retains some rare architectural features including the remains of a brick vaulted ceiling and an octagonal stair turret containing a spiral staircase with a finely moulded brick handrail. It is both a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade II* Listed Building. These designations recognise the importance of the tower and aim to protect it in the present and for the future. The Tower and its surroundings have a fascinating history and are an important part of Boston’s past. The archaeological remains of the area are particularly rich and well preserved and constitute valuable and irreplaceable evidence of the human activity that has taken place in the vicinity over hundreds of years.
The site of Hussey Tower is open from dawn until dusk all year round. The Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire currently organise two open days each year to allow access inside the tower. The tower remains locked at all times except on an arranged open day.
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