Bourne Abbey Church

Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury


From the Archives


Friday, May 12, 1916


Bourne - The shortage of labour and the difficulty in obtaining persons to undertake cartage has had a sequel. The Vicar (Rev. H. C. Smith) is responsible for the management of a club for which a truck of coal had arrived [at the railway station]. The usual carter being employed on his land, a hand truck was borrowed and during the course of Friday and Tuesday last five tons were delivered  by the Vicar and curate  Rev D. H. Henderson, assisted by Mr. Moisey, the verger. On Tuesday the two clerics were underterred  by a downpour of rain.


With thanks to the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust


T Howitt engravings of Bourn Abbey published 1809

These are the earliest known illustrations of Bourne Abbey Church. They were published in 1809 in a book written by John Moore. The engraving of the West End shows the north western 'tower' roofless and the door below it blocked up. The other engraving shows the East End. It is difficult to say how accurate they are.

Bourn Church West Front copy
WHR Abbey interior c1880

The interior of Bourne Abbey Church taken by W H Redshaw, circa 1880

Right: This photograph was taken by Bourne photographer W H Redshaw, circa 1880. Comparing the photograph with today you will see many changes, including the nave pews, bracket gas lights on the Norman arcades, different choir stalls and no wainscoating to the chancel.


Below: A similar view today.

BAC interior copy
Bourne Abbey Howitt - from John Moore's book 1809