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BOURN

[Transcribed and edited information mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"BOURN, a parish in the hundred of Longstow, in the county of Cambridge, 2 miles to the south-east of Caxton, its post town, and 9 west of Cambridge. It lies at the head of Bourn Brook, one of the sources of the river Cam, and was the site of a castle founded at an early period by the Picots. It was a moated fortress, and was demolished during the Barons' wars in the reign of Henry III. Before the Conquest the lordship had belonged to Earl Morear. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £161, in the patronage of the Master and Fellows of Christ's College, Cambridge. The church, a large cruciform building in mixed styles, with a square tower, contains some monuments of the Hagar family*, who long held the manor, and is dedicated to St. Mary. The register dates from 1653. The charitable endowments of the parish consist of the church estate, which produces £35 per annum, and several bequests worth about £7 a year. Bourn House, a picturesque old mansion, built of brick with stone dressings, and restored by Repton, stands on the site of the castle, the moat of which still exists. The mansion formerly belonged to the Leyells, and is now the property of Earl Delawarr.

* These monuments seem to have been removed (6th January 2013)."

"CAXTON END is a hamlet in the parish of Bourn."

"CROW END is a hamlet in the parish of Bourn."

[Transcribed mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2010

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