Living in Boston, Lincolnshire
Written by Anonymous Visitor and posted in Lincolnshire

Once upon a time during the 1990s Boston believe it or not was actually an ok place to be. Boston college provided the best option for a large section of Lincolnshire’s youth to seek further education. As a result Boston enjoyed a large but casual student community with all the social and financial benefits this provided, it was essentially a small student town.

However with the opening of Lincoln University in the early 2000s the students of Lincolnshire abandoned Boston for the quaint and historical City and it’s growing economy. This left a void in Boston, a void that was soon to be filled with an influx of EU migrants given a free pass by the Labour party and their incompetence. But despite the fact that there are far too many EU migrants for the town to cope with socially speaking, they aren’t necessarily the problem. It seems that Boston now has a reputation for being one of the worst places to live in Lincolnshire, as a result of this reputation most respectable people refuse to live there. I work in Boston myself and in the building I work in only 3 members of staff live in Boston, the rest refusing to live in the town and opting to commute up to an hour each way on a daily basis, myself included.

Here are a few important notes you should know about Boston:

The running joke in the town is that you walk down the street and no longer hear English accents or language, but it’s no longer a joke, it’s a reality.

Boston’s schools provide some of the worst education in the country, try and have a conversation with a local and you’ll see what I mean.

The road network of the town is matched only by the average driving ability of the locals in sheer stupidity.

The local hospital (also the main hospital for the area) in infamous for it’s lack of cleanliness and very poor patient care, so much so the elderly care ward has been threatened with closure unless it shows improvement.

Stay away from the fenside estate

Certain pubs in the town will allow you to avoid the smoking ban and smoke indoors but only if you’re smoking a “herbal roll up”

In summary Boston is a rural town that suffers from all the problems of a rural town without any of the benefits, as most of the locals are on benefits.

  • M

    Be a little more xenophobic, will you?

    What a sorry excuse for an article.

  • Bob Uncle esq.


    I realize that it’s been a while since you wrote this, and will probably never read this, but I just want to set the record straight as a expat Bostonian, in the hope that anyone who reads this page can get a clearer insight into Boston if they’ve never been.

    First of all, I was born and grew up in the town and lived here for 27 years, leaving to go to Northamptonshire for work as it eventually dried up in the town. I’m not your typical small minded bigot that says “it’s the bloody foreigners fault”, it isn’t. I applaud the Eastern European work ethic, and I have immigrant friends. The problem was/is the sheer scale of how many immigrants came to Boston, and the problem of integrating such a large number of people of different nationalities in a small market town.

    Essentially, and historically, Boston always provided work for it’s own people, with a good, solid rural economy based on farming and food production, plus other local industries such as bedding production and label manufacture. All locals did this work. I started work in the food industry as a “grunt” factory worker in the mid 90’s and every temporary employee was a local, and those that weren’t, were people who traveled miles each day in minibuses from former mining communities around the South Yorkshire area, providing work for those people, who eventually, if they could relocate or get decent transport, usually got full time jobs in the end. Like all groups of people, the “Yorkies” were a mix: some good and some bad in their jobs, but they usually came every day for temp work and I always thought that it was good that we could provide, as a town, work for people who couldn’t get work where they lived, and there was a time around then, that if you couldn’t get a job, then you weren’t trying.

    It wasn’t that we weren’t willing to work. That’s just lazy and judgmental. We, and then the “Yorkies” got undercut in the temporary jobs arena, local bosses, sensing a bargain, got immigrants from all over the world to work in our factories and farms, the early pioneers, were mostly from Portugal, although most of these have gone and the work is now mostly staffed by Eastern Europeans. Many locals found it easier to sign on, where they’ve stayed ever since.

    And yes, the town has gone downhill, I guess you’ve probably never visited the town Brenhill. In the 80’s and 90’s it was a thriving little place full of rough, ready, but for the most part, friendly people. That’s all gone now, and the place is a near ghost town, and there is a huge problem with immigrant integration, as they are ghettoising the town with their own shops and not mixing with the local population. It is a dire “them” and “us” situation that has and does cause problems.

    It’s not really a problem with the locals. We admire people who just want to settle in, and when Boston College had many Chinese students in the 90’s we never had any problem with them being here, in fact they were a boon for the town. The problem for many people is that the town seems to be being taken over by immigrants. You really do walk around the town and struggle to hear an English voice in conversation, and that’s not racism or xenophobia, it’s a unfortunate truth. For many locals, they struggle to understand this, their little town, being “infiltrated”. In a big city, this wouldn’t be a problem, and everyone’s got a right to go where they want to go, but it causes so much alienation for the people of Boston, that it’s not really a joke, they just want things back to how they were, unlikely or not.

    It would be wrong to say that Boston was or ever will be a Utopia, many locals are very judgmental, and for god’s sake if you choose to live in the town, don’t dare to be “different”, (openly gay, ginger, fat etc). The schooling is “middling” rather than poor, and there have been a lot of attempts to sort this out. The hospital isn’t all that bad, like every other one in the NHS system, it has problems.

    I live in Northampton now, and I have a love/hate relationship with my home town, It caused me a lot of upset growing up but I do miss it a lot. For all the Boston haters, try having a gripe at Spalding…

  • retsevlys

    boston is a toilet.

  • Paul

    Brenhell, you clearly haven’t been to Boston – not recently anyway. 2001 census, that’s ten years ago! The EU population is now considered to be around 20% of the town, very noticeable. Unemployment is rife – it’s on the national lists and the place is awash with drugs. That is nothing to do with the incomers, who generally work hard and keep to themselves – it’s the no hope locals who are the ‘problem’ I would leave – if it was possible to sell my house – it isn’t since the area has become so rundown in the last couple of years that I’d be in negative equity. Anyone thinking of moving to Boston – don’t, it’s awful.

  • Brenhell


    What you have just depressingly articulated, could have been said or written by anyone about their home town. The same old whinges are that my town has:

    1) Gone downhill (really! funnily enough the London borough I live in doesn’t have pie n’ mash shops or pearly Kings- places change)

    2) The worst hospital (I assume this view is based on the latest waiting times and cardiac survival rates- but you don’t know them- do you?)

    3) Worst Schools ( As Lincs has Grammar Schools these have amongst the best results in the country with the remaining secondaries struggling as ‘sink’ Schools. These extreme polarities of educational attainment were eradicated by most LEAs when they abolished Grammar Schools- but the average attainment is above the national average)

    4) Never hear English accent: You exagerate, but if the local British born unemployed would be willing to work, you wouldn’t have all those hard working Poles. Lithuanians etc over filling the employment vacuum.

    5) Labour let in the Poles: No they didn’t! All UK governments have to abide by EU freedom of movement/employment laws. These laws work both ways as there are 2 million Brits living and working abroad in other EU countries.

    Infact here is a breakdown of key social data of the parliamentary seat proving how affluent Boston is:

    2001 Census Demographics
    Total 2001 Population: 91856
    Male: 49.1%
    Female: 50.9%
    Under 18: 20.5%
    Over 60: 26.8%
    Born outside UK: 2.8%
    White: 98.6%
    Black: 0.2%
    Asian: 0.4%
    Mixed: 0.5%
    Other: 0.3%
    Christian: 80%
    Full time students: 1.7%
    Graduates 16-74: 9.4%
    No Qualifications 16-74: 41.5%
    Owner-Occupied: 69.6%
    Social Housing: 17.3% (Council: 8%, Housing Ass.: 9.3%)
    Privately Rented: 9.2%
    Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 7.7%

    Cheer up or get a job in the otherer Boston (Massachusetts)