Over the last few months, Paul Cope-Faulkner has been settling into his new role as Project Manager for Archaeological Project Services. With many years working in field archaeology across the country and specialising in the Fenland environment, Paul is extremely well suited to take on day-to-day management of the archaeological team. He has also recently upgraded his Chartered Institute for Archaeologists membership and, as a full Member of CIfA, can also now take on the role of responsible post holder with the organisation.
Paul’s real enthusiasm however is in Saxon and medieval monasticism and he has been involved in the investigation of a number of key medieval sites within Lincolnshire including Sempringham Priory and Vaudey Abbey, along with identifying potential locations of a number of religious orders within the town of Boston. So it’s been an extremely pleasant task for him undertaking his latest role as consultant archaeologist for St Botolph’s in Boston; known affectionally in the town as ‘The Stump.’
“It’s a real honour and delight to take on this important role as part of St Botolph’s current Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Passion for People’ project,” said Paul. “The church is an important example of Decorated architecture, dating from the early 14th century. The steeple is slightly later, and it is this, along with some fine examples of interior decoration and period furnishings, that provide clear evidence of the wealth and significance which Boston enjoyed in the medieval period. I look forward to working with the project team to help ensure that appropriate steps are taken to conserve and enhance the beauty and magnificence of this building, the largest parish church in England.”
St Botolph’s Church has been granted development funding of £160,000 to progress plans to apply for a full grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £1.2 million by the end of 2018. The total cost of the project will be approximately £2.2 million, half of which will need to be raised through external fundraising.