Places to visit in Essex

Bourne Mill

Bourne Mill - exterior
Bourne Mill
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16th century water mill and working watermill owned by the National Trust which describes it as originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591. It was converted in the 19th century to a mill for fulling (a process in cloth manufacture) and later flour milling. The waterwheel is in working order.

Limited opening hours. See the above website for more information.

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