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The Ancient Woodland of Bourne Woods, although much reduced, is still extant and originally formed part of the ancient Forest of Kesteven and is now managed by the Forestry Commission.

The earliest documentary reference to Brunna, meaning stream, is from a document of 960, and the town appeared in the Domesday Book as Brune.

Bourne Abbey, (charter 1138), formerly held and maintained land in Bourne and other parishes. In later times this was known as the manor of 'Bourne Abbots'. Whether the canons knew that name is less clear. The estate was given by the Abbey's founder, Baldwin fitz Gilbert de Clare, son of Gilbert fitz Richard, and later benefactors. The abbey was established under the Arrouaisian order. Its fundamental rule was that of Augustine and as time went on, it came to be regarded as Augustinian. The Ormulum, an important Middle English Biblical gloss, was probably written in the abbey in around 1175.

Bourne Castle was built on land that is now the Wellhead Gardens in South Street.

Bourne was an important junction on the Victorian railway system, but all such connections were severed after the Second World War . The business stimulus it brought caused major development of the town, and many of the buildings around the medieval street plan were rebuilt, or at least refaced. Improved communications allowed a bottled water industry to develop, and to provide coal deliveries for the town's gas works.

The then local authority, Bourne Urban District Council, was very active in the interests of the town, taking over the gas works and the local watercress beds at times of financial difficulty and running them as commercial activities. Large numbers of good quality council houses were built by them in the early 20th century.

Bourne sent many men to both of the 20th century's world wars, as did any other town in Britain, but was otherwise only lightly affected. During the Second World War a German bomber crashed onto the Butcher's Arms public house in Eastgate, after being shot down. Nine people were killed, including the bomber's crew. In a separate incident a number of bombs were dropped on the Hereward Camp approved school, a row of wooden huts adjacent to the woods that may have been mistaken for a military camp. Charles Richard Sharpe was injured in the second incident, but he was no stranger to fighting the Germans, having been awarded the Victoria Cross in the first conflict of the century.

 
 
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  About Bourne Town
 

Bourne is a historical market town, located south of Lincolnshire, United kingdom with a population of 15.000 people. The town is located on a Roman Road which is now known as King Street and surrounded by many villages such as Morton, Kirkby Underwood, Rippingale, Thurlby, Northorpe, Baston, Twenty and Hanthorpe. Bourne is a spacious town with lots of waterways, parks and woodland areas.

It`s most popular attraction in the town is the Wellhead park which offers a very spacious area, war memorials, ponds and a childs play area.

One of many of it`s popular tourist spots is the Bourne woods which has been known to be great for jogging and taking casual walks along the ponds. If that don`t interest you check out our village attractions page which offers the best tourist attraction within the villages that surround Bourne.

 
 
 
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Bourne is a growing town with alot of oppurtunities. The town is growing rapidly and it`s adding more and more businesses. The town was blessed in 2013 by building a Tesco superstore and also having a new petrol station, a pub and a Mcdonalds built in 2015. And in 2016 Subway merged into the town centre to serve Bourne town.

Now Bourne is rapdily building more houses on the Elsea park estate and with high hopes of building an LIDL supermarket which should be completed by 2016. The town also had a new gym built, a snooker hall and lets play centre for children.

Bourne currently has 3 doctor surgeries, 1 police station, 1 fire station, 6 schools, 2 petrol stations and 1 leisure centre.

Click here to see whats in Bourne.

 
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Keep Bourne clean and tidy by keeping your bin lids shut firmly and sealed to reduced pests. If you see rubbish on the road or path in your street, why not do your bit for the community of Bourne and pick it up and put to a rubbish bin.

Stay safe in your community. As a quiet town like Bourne it`s crime rate is low which is a good thing but sometimes there`s always a moment for criminals to strike so always report to the police any suspicious activity, serious crime, theft and damage.

 
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