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Sunday, 14 November 2010

Hussey Tower


Hussey Tower in 1815.

Hussey Tower, a once impressive manorial home including a great hall, servants quarters, kitchens, stables and a large gatehouse dates from around 1450/60 and is one of the oldest brick buildings in Lincolnshire.
It was originally built for Richard Benyington, collector of customs and excise in Boston which was a very important port at that time.
The tower was constructed entirely of hand made red brick produced using local clay.
Lord Hussey gave the tower its current name as he was resident in the manor house in the 16th century. He was executed by Henry VIII for treason in 1536, and the tower later passed into the ownership of Boston Corporation.
Hussey Hall with Hussey Tower and the Stump to the right.

3 comments:

  1. There was a brickpit close by...theres a pic of it flooded...which it is said was used for making the bricks for many town buildings and Rochford tower...I rember having crafty fags in here when at grammar school.....not had a very good 'restoration' ....

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  2. Yes,that's true, I have a photo with the pit on it. I also remember going in as a child of about six (c.1956) with my older brother and his mates and there was a skeleton painted on one of the walls which scared me to death at that age. ha ha.

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  3. I can confirm that as a prolific smoker aged 15 classmates from 4G used the tower for a gentlemens smoking area. It was also successfully used as a launch pad for numerous rockets and air bombs around bonfire night which always tied in with the CCF night operations. Having launch one rocket from the top of the staircase tower I dislodged large pieces of the brickwork in my rush to return to ground level. Apologies if this added a bit to the restoration.

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