Bourne Mill

Bourne Mill

Things to see and do

A female stone face worn away by time with braided hair and an inscription below her jaw
Our mysterious lady watches over the mill Sarah Barfoot

Enjoy the mill 

From feeding the ducks and bug-hunting, to starting a working water mill and tucking in to a picnic, there's plenty of fun in and around the water at the mill. Check out the events too.

Bourne Mill

What's on

A historic image of a man operating a fulling stocks with a water wheel
The water-powered fulling stocks hammers pound the cloth to clean it Sarah Barfoot

What's on at Bourne Mill  

Join us at the University of Essex on the 16 January 2016 10am - 4pm for a free public conference exploring the rich history of Bourne Mill and the role that it, and the people connected with it played in the local and regional community. Expert speakers will discuss the key themes of mills and milling; textiles and fashion; and social history. We will also unveil a set of bicycle-powered fulling stocks, reconstructed as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project on the Mill's history.

Bourne Mill


Archive image of Bourne Mill
An old photograph of Bourne Mill with its reflection in the pond National Trust

Explore the past 

With a history dating back over 1,000 years, through the dissolution of the monasteries and peaceful pursuits of fishing and milling, our special place has something to interest everyone.

Bourne Mill

Our work

A group of corporate volunteers stand proudly on the path they've laid
Corporate volunteers help lay the path David Piper

Our work at Bourne Mill 

Repairing the water wheel and maintaining the stonework are just two of tour ongoing tasks. Find out more about the work we do to care for the mill.

Bourne Mill

Venue hire

The Colchester Waits and Historical Dance Group
The Colchester Waits and Historical Dance group hire this venue David Piper

Hire the mill 

With its local architecture and authentic building materials, whatever the occasion, you can hire the Mill as your perfect venue for events.