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Bourne, like everywhere else, has had to find ways of dealing with social hardships and taking advantage of prosperity. The Abbey was a source of consolation and of more directly practical help but once the house was dissolved in 1536, the practical help had to be found by other means. This page provides links to transcriptions of documents and interpretations. Some are on this site but many come from elsewhere. Between them, the linked pages give glimpses of how that coming to terms with the vagaries of life has been achieved (or in some cases not), particularly in the years since the Augustinian canons left the Abbey.


Documents (transcriptions, translations and summaries):

Parish Registers (1562 to 1650) reference to the edited version

Avoiding Poor Law Responsibilities

Bourne Charities: a list formerly displayed in the church

Treatment of Insanity

Patent Medicines

Matthew Clay’s colic: obtaining medicine

The Plague in the Fens

The Plague at Ramsey

White’s Directory 1882 gives details and links concerning the Bourne Poor Law Union.


Archaeological Studies

The Old Grammar School


Studies (modern writing on the respective subjects):

Notes and links on the English Poor Laws .

Bourne Union (Lincolnshire Gen Web Project).

A use for one of the abbey’s fish ponds. See also: swimming pool.

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