Bourne Mill was built in the late Elizabethan period (1591) as a banqueting hall and fishing lodge, and has had a varied life as different types of mill since then.
After its initial use as a fishing lodge, around 1640 it was converted to a fulling mill (fulling is a process in cloth manufacture).
After this it was converted to a corn mill around 1840 and continued working right up until the 1930s.
The Mill has a working waterwheel and is set in beautiful, peaceful grounds, where the whole family can have fun.
There is a pond, wetlands and wooded areas which are home to all sorts of wildlife such as bats, waterfowl, beetles and bugs!
- Gift Shop
- Limited on-site parking (on street available nearby)
- Pond dipping equipment
- Garden Games
Dog are welcome to Bourne Mill provided they are on a lead, and group visits are welcome as along as they are pre-booked.
Bourne Mill is run by the National Trust
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(B1025)1 mile south of Colchester centre in Bourne Road off Mersea Road.
Bourne Mill Postcode for SatNav: CO2 8RT