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RCHME survey of Bourne Mill. Extensive description provided. <1> DOE survey of Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Grade I. Built in 1591 by the Lucas family from the C12 and C13 materials of the destroyed of St John's Abbey (Bourne Ponds belonged to the Abbey) probably on the site of a former mill. Its elaborate character suggests that it was built for a fishing lodge. In the C17 it became a cloth mill (Dutch refugees) and was used as such until the mid C19, when it was converted to a corn mill. It is of 2 storeys and has elaborate Dutch gables at each end with curved and voluted off-sets mounted with pinnacles, and at the apex an octagonal chimney stack. In the south gable is a stone panel inscribed "Thomas Lucas, miles, me fecit Anne Domini 1591". There are original windows in the front with stone mullions and moulded labels, an original doorway with square head, moulded label and moulded panel above with an achievement of the Lucas arms; there is a weather boarded C19 hoist loft. The interior, which has been converted into a dwelling house, retains the mill machinery- 3 great grindstones and the water wheel. An exceptional building and very picturesque.<1>
Monograph: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1922. Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England): Essex, (North-East). Volume III. page 71.
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