Hussey Tower: A masterclass in traditional repair
The 15th century solar tower, Hussey Tower, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade II* listed building in the South East of Boston. Sir John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford (1465-1537) who was a member of the House of Lords and Chamberlain to Mary, Henry VIII’s daughter, resided there from the early 16th century.
He was executed for treason in 1536, and in 1549 the King gave Hussey Tower to the town of Boston. The floors and ceilings have now largely disappeared and it has no roof.
This project, led by Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire, in partnership with Boston Borough Council, undertook urgent repairs to halt deterioration of the monument and improve access for visitors. Other funders included Wash Fens Partnership, Lincolnshire County Council and WREN. The project raised awareness of its history, creating new interpretation material, events and activities including traditional building skills workshops. The project also provided a work experience placement for a student studying construction and created an online education pack.