Bourne grew into a Saxon Village with a small manor house reputedly the birth place of Hereward the Wake.
The Red Hall, a fine Elizabethan mansion stands near the centre of the town, and the Abbey Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, founded in 1138, is one of the oldest buildings in Bourne.
The town is known worldwide as the place where ERA and BRM racing cars were made, and also the birthplace of several famous people including William Cecil, Lord Treasurer to Elizabeth I, and in 1825, Charles Fredrick Worth, who revolutionised French fashion.
Fresh water from St. Peter’s Pool and the Bourne Eau, which first attracted the Romans, flows out to the river Glen, passing Baldock’s Mill, which is now a heritage centre.
Where to Visit Bourne
Bourne Heritage Centre, Baldocks Mills, 21 South Street, Bourne, PE10 9LY
Once a working mill, now a Heritage Centre displaying information and artefacts relating to he town. One floor devoted to Raymond Mays with BRM Cups. Other displays feature the heritage of Bourne and Charles F Worth.
Open all year Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm – 4pm. Tel: 01778 422775
The Bowthorpe Oak, Bowthorpe Park Farm, Manthorpe Nr. Bourne
An ancient hollow oak tree withmassive girth – as featured in the Guinness Book of Records also mentioned in the Doomesday Book. Open all year. 500 hundred yards south of Witham on the Hill Cross Roads.
Bourne Woods, Bourne
An attractive woodland with paths and trails from the car park and picnic area. Other woods in the area include Twyford Wood near to Colsterworth and Morkery Wood.
Tel: 01780 444920 www.forestry.gov.uk
Grimsthorpe Nr. Bourne, PE10 0LY
Built in 1540 for a visit by Henry VIII. State rooms with collections, tapestries and paintings. 3000 acres of landscaped parkland, gardens, adventure playground, cycle trail and hire shop. Open April to September – Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (Sunday to Thursday June to September).
Tel: 01778 591205 www.grimsthorpe.co.uk
Bourne Corn Exchange
Located in the market place, in the centre of Bourne, Lincolnshire. We hire out the hall for events and activities. Tel: 01778 423579
Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool
Abbey Lawns, Abbey Road, Bourne, PE10 9EP Tel: 01778 422063