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Welcome to Bourne, Lincs

Bourne is a small historic market town rich in wildlife, culture and history, and renowned for its waterways, open spaces, parks and woodland, suitated on the edge of south Lincolnshire.

The Bourne Abbey Church

The town of Bourne actually originated from a Roman road from which it was built upon (known as King Street), and also from the excellent water supply sourced locally from natural springs at the Wellhead Gardens. The name “Bourne” derives from the Anglo-Saxon meaning “water” or “stream” and is a common name for a settlement.

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At the present time Bourne is a growing and bustling market town with many amenities, including a leisure centre, outdoor swimming pool, snooker and sports bar, a good range of restaurants and public houses, gyms, a fully equipped theatre and a great selection of shops and businesses. There are lots of things to do in Bourne, and a friendly and vibrant community that makes the town a great place to live.

The town is fortunate to have six outstanding schools, including the reputable Bourne Grammar School, renowned for its excellent standard of education and commitment to learning, and the Bourne Academy that is highly focused on supporting its students and helping them to grow into well-rounded adults.

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Facts about Bourne

Robert of Bourne, a teacher at Bourne Abbey, was the first person to ever write in English.

The largest living Oak Tree in England can be found at Manthorpe, just south of Bourne. It has a circumference of 40 feet and is over 1000 years old.

Underground Natural Springs provide a constant source of pure water to some parts of Bourne and the surrounding area. This is also the source of the many streams around Bourne.

Bourne Outdoor Pool is one of the largest of the few surviving outdoor pools in the country, at a size of 50 yards (that's near Olympic size!).

William Cecil who was responsible for building Burghley House in Stamford and was Lord High Treasurer to the Queen, was born in Bourne.

The founder of British Motor Racing, Raymond Mays, lived in Bourne and the famous ERA and BRM racing cars were built in the town.

Frederick Worth, who was the founder of the Paris Fashion House was born in the town.

The bridge over Bourne Eau has been voted one of the best Poohsticks bridges by VisitEngland.

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Parking in Bourne

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All parking in Bourne is FREE and is available at the following places:

  • Abbey Road -
  • Next to the entrance to the Abbey Lawns.
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  • South Street -
  • Next to the Memorial Gardens (entrance is right next to the Mason Arms).
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  • Hereward Street Car Park -
  • Accessed via Hereward Street.
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  • Burghley Street -
  • Accessed via Exeter Street and North Street.
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  • Church Walk -
  • Accessed via South Street - parking for church attenders only.
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Please beware that restrictions do apply at some parking areas, so please check any signage for details.

Public conveniences can be found at the South Kesteven Community Point and Library (accessed via Burghley Archard and Hereward Street). Please note that there is a cost of 20p to use these facilities.

Local Radio in Bourne

  • BBC Radio Lincolnshire - 94.9 FM
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  • Heart - 102.7 FM
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  • Lincs FM - 102.2 FM
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  • Connect FM - 106.8 FM
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Bourne Schools

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