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A small Market Town with a Big History

Its name probably originated from the first mention of Brune in the domesday book, which is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word brunna (stream).

To avoid confusion with Bourn in Cambridgeshire the Post Office added an ‘e’ around 1893.

Claim to fame

We have several boasts such 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.


The Town's stream is supplied by several underground springs which are said to supply some of the purest water in the country and we have discovered evidence that The Romans almost certainly established a camp here. Bourne is situated at the northern end of King Street (A Roman Road) , which began close to the Roman town of Durobrivae, near modern day Peterborough (Flag Fen is worth a visit, this is an excavation of a Roman site in Peterborough)

The Wellhead Park

Our Wellhead park, Situated around the Bourne Eau natural Spring is also the site of a Norman Castle. Long since demolished but you can still see the evidence of its existence from the landscape.