Mount Bures

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Mount Bures
St. John's church, Mount Bures, Essex - - 131475.jpg
St John's church, Mount Bures
Location: 51°57’0"N, 0°46’1"E
Population: 249  (2011[1])
Post town: Colchester
Postcode: CO6
Local Government
Council: Colchester

Mount Bures is a small village and parish in the Lexden Hundred of Essex, adjacent to the border with Suffolk. It takes its name from the mount or motte believed to have been built shortly after the invasion by William the Conqueror in 1066.

The Gainsborough railway line that runs through the village is believed to have been opened in 1848. A few miles down the line from Mount Bures is the Chappel Viaduct. The Thatchers Arms in Mount Bures was thought to have become a brewhouse or public house to quench the thirst of the navvies working on the railway line and the viaduct in the late 1840s.

A bunker from the Colchester Stop Line, a series of bunkers built during World War II, can be found at Mount Bures.

Sergeants Orchard is a nature reserve managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust south of the village.


Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Mount Bures)
  • Mount Bures Website This gives a full history of the village from the Saxon times up to the present day.
  • Managing a Masterpiece part of a National-Lottery-funded project included examination of what is believed to be a Motte-and-bailey. Carenza Lewis supervised the dig.