Bourne retains a character all its own. The beautiful St Peter and St Paul’s church, all that remains of a 12th Century Augustinian priory, sits nestled in a quiet corner, seemingly a world away from the bustle of the town centre, but just a few hundred yards from the market place.
Earthworks of an 11th Century Motte and Bailey castle can be found in the nearby park, reminiscent of the time that Herewood the Wake, reputedly born nearby, led Saxon resistance against Norman invaders.
Bourne Town Hall, described famed architectural historian Nicholas Pevsner as ‘distinctive, and in a special way’ is a highlight of the town for any fan of building design, and currently undergoing renovations by the Bourne Town Hall Trust.
But as with all of South Kesteven, it is the history and legacy of the inhabitants which has had the greatest impact.
Charles Frederick Worth, renowned as the father of Haute Couture, was born at Wake House, on North Street in the town. His work would revolutionise the fashion industry and create the first fashion house.
When Raymond Mays established British Racing Motors (BRM) in Bourne, he created an engineering and sporting legacy which still resonates in the town. BRM would go on to thrive at the highest levels of motorsport, eventually winning the Formula One Constructors Title in 1962. The restored Baldock Mill in the town now houses the Bourne Heritage Centre, which contains wonderful exhibitions on both Charles Worth and BRM.