WRITTEN, RESEARCHED AND PHOTOGRAPHED by Rex Needle
Population 15,000 and 6,000 homes (estimated 2012), 71 listed buildings, town hall, corn exchange, seven churches, town
mayor and town council with 15 members returned every four years.
Photograph of the Week
The former Tudor Cinema in North Street
The Tudor Cinema opened in 1929, built on the site of two
cottages and designed by A J Thraves of Nottingham who followed the
tradition for cinemas of the period by adopting a flamboyant style, in
this case mock Tudor with a distinctive A-shaped gable and a half-timbered
frontage. The auditorium had room for 588 patrons and included an
orchestra pit for the pianist who accompanied the first silent films.
Talkies, Technicolor and wide screen followed with bingo in 1962 and
closure in 1989 when the building was sold and is now used as a Chinese
This definitive history of Bourne compiled on
CD-ROM supersedes all others, with more than two
million words of text and over 6,000 photographs chronicling its origins
as a settlement to the present day, listing the places and the people
together with accounts of the progress of agriculture, religion,
education, health, public services and buildings, and in addition,
there are short illustrated histories of 60 surrounding villages.
For more information see A Portrait of Bourne
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BOURNE
An introduction to this town
originally published in 2012, an account
of how Bourne was established in the earliest times and tracing its
development through to the present day.
This is also available on CD-ROM. TALES OF BOURNE FROM PAST TIMES
A substantial book about the history of this town running
to 200 pages with 150 photographs both modern and contemporary BRIEF LIVES OF BOURNE PEOPLE Fifty biographies of the great
and the good