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Bourne is located on the Roman road now known as King Street. It was first built around some natural springs, hence the name “Bourne” (or “Bourn”). which derives from the Anglo-Saxon burna or burne meaning “water” or “stream”. Which is probably why it was settled pretty early on. The town itself lies on the intersection of two main roads. The civil parish of Bourne includes the main township along with the hamlets of Cawthorpe, Dyke and Twenty. Austerby was formerly regarded as a separate settlement, which included its own shops and street plan, but is now an area of Bourne known as The Austerby.

Bourne is home to several different denominations of faith. For instance, the ecclesiastical parish of Bourne is part of the Beltisloe Deanery of the Diocese of Lincoln and based at the Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul, in Church Walk. Other religious congregations in the town include Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed and Roman Catholic churches.

The economy of the town was originally based on rural industries. This changed drastically when the railway opened up a market for bottled mineral water. Although much of the economy is still based on agriculture and food preparation for supermarkets, there are also important light engineering and tourism activities. The area has a fast-growing housing market, with considerable new building taking place in Bourne in the 2000s. According to the 2011 census, the population was 14,456. So, it’s obviously a desirable place for families. I know one thing, and that is that it’s a great place to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the great equipment and awesome flavours of Medusa Juice e-liquids.

Produce and People

One of the first important crops grown in this area was sugar beet. It had been first developed in both Germany and France during the early part of the 19th century. Even though the demand for sugar in Britain was mostly fulfilled by European sugar beet imports until shortly after 1900, the successful sugar beet production in areas such as that around Twenty, fulfilled the nation’s sugar requirements during both world wars and beyond.

A great deal of Bourne’s 19th-century affluence came from the corn-trade boom that followed the mechanisation of fen drainage. The production of wheat is still important here and in the 21st century, hydroponic food production plants were built on the edge of the fen.

the Ancient Woodlands of Bourne Woods has been greatly reduced but does still exist. It originally formed part of the ancient Forest of Kesteven and it is now managed by the Forestry Commission.

Our earliest documentation of any reference to Bourne appears as Brunna, meaning stream. It is from a document of 960, and the town appeared in the Domesday Book as Brune. So, it’s an oldie but a goodie.

Bourne Abbey, formerly held and maintained land in Bourne as well as other parishes. In later times this was known as the manor of the Bourne Abbots. Not to be confused with Jason and his family. The estate itself was given by the Abbey’s founder, Baldwin fitz Gilbert de Clare. He was the son of Gilbert fitz Richard. 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.

Wars And Wellbeing

The Bourne Castle was built on land which is now called the Wellhead Gardens and is on South Street.

Bourne was once an important junction on the Victorian railway system, but all such connections were severed after the Second World War. However, the business stimulus it brought gave way to major development of the town. This included many of the buildings around the medieval street plan, which were rebuilt, and or refaced. As communications improved, this also allowed a bottled water industry to develop, and to provide coal deliveries for the town’s gas works.

Bourne saw many of its young men being sent to both world wars. Otherwise, it was only lightly affected. During the Second World War, a German bomber was shot down and it crashed into the Butcher’s Arms public house in Eastgate. The crash caused the death of nine people, including the bomber’s crew. In a separate incident, a number of bombs were dropped on the Hereward Camp approved school. It’s commonly believed that a row of wooden huts adjacent to the woods may have been mistaken for a military camp. Charles Richard Sharpe was injured during this second incident, but he was no stranger to fighting the Germans, having been awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War. I have it on good authority that he was up and running in no time. And speaking of that, there’s no time like the present to stop in at one of the four Medusa Juice Vape Shops and get yourself some great deals on gear, e-liquids and clothing.

Get Your Groove On

You can find a Medusa Juice kiosk in the King’s Lynn bus station or on Lynn road as well as a shop in both Norwich and Peterborough. Stop in today and check out our latest deals, you won’t be disappointed that you did.

Bourne is home to an outdoor pool, some incredible pubs, including a Marstens and some really fun and interesting little shops, such as Sophie Allport Showroom & Seconds Shop. Their prices are so cheap, you’ll think you stepped back through time. Wellhead park is a fantastic castle themed park. Take the kids and turn them loose, or just sit and enjoy vaping your favourite e-liquids from Medusa Juice.

Another good place to enjoy this is at Bowthorpe Oak. This is home to the United Kingdom’s largest girthed Oak Tree. If you go, try to visit during lambing time, as it’s special and an excellent chance to help youngsters appreciate the beauty of nature. They offer sheep shearing as well. That’s another great opportunity for the entire family. Whatever you want to do, you can do it in Bourne.

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