Built on the banks of the river Witham in the late eleventh century, Boston was the busiest port in England outside of London in its heyday. It's status in the Hanseatic League of North Sea and Baltic Ports, and its widely famed annual fairs and markets, ensured it was a lively and cosmopolitan place during the Middle Ages. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw continued growth through industry and trade, and the town became a centre for a number of religious revolutionaries. Boston continued to thrive until the wool trade began to decline in the early twentieth century, taking the town's prosperity with it. While not as famous as its American counterpart, Boston has played an important role in the history of more than one country, and continues to foster these links today. Boston Through Time takes the reader on a journey of the boom and bust of Boston, exploring its place in the past and present through its beautifully illustrated pages.