Lucy Maria Boston (nee Wood), writer, was born on 10 December 1892 at 8 Scarisbrick Street, Southport, Lancashire. After marrying (William) Harold Boston in September of 1917, Lucy and Harold lived at Norton Lodge, Norton, Cheshire, near Harold Boston's work as a director of the family tannery.
In 1937 Boston rented a flat in Cambridge, and shortly afterwards she bought the 12th-century manor at Hemingford Grey, near Huntingdon. Boston dedicated the rest of her life to restoring Hemingford.
Over many years Boston remade the garden, which is distinguished for her topiary and collection of old roses. During the Second World War Boston held regular concerts of classical music, played on her gramophone in the music room at the manor, to give respite and pleasure to Royal Air Force crews serving at nearby bases. Lucy Boston died at the manor, following a stroke, on 25 May 1990.