Mount Bures

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The Home of the Puddingstone

Mount Bures "Motte" was built around 1067 or 1068.
The Mound is a Scheduled Ancient Monument
Unfortunately, this web site will no longer be updated regularly
Sadly, all of my contacts in the village have now passed away.
However if f you have any items of interest that could be published, then please use the Contact facility.

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Mount Bures scenes

Where are we ?

The parish of Mount Bures takes its name from the "Mount" or "Mound" which stands at the centre of the village and "bur" which means building or dwelling.
The village resides in Essex, the River Stour to the North and Wakes Colne to the south.

Mount Bures was previously called "Bures St John, Little Bures or Bures Sackville" to distinguish it from Bures Hamlet and Bures St Mary.
Today Mount Bures is its adopted name.
The railway opened in 1848 and runs through the centre of the village
The nearest rail station is located at Bures Hamlet

Use it or Lose it
New Community Bus Service

Hedingham Omnibuses Service 83/A from Bures, Bridge Street via Mount Bures and Wakes Colne to Colchester daily.
Now starting from Bures Church.
Monday to Saturday.
Hedingham Coaches

Are you free on a Thursday ?

The why not drop into St Johns Church between
10.00 and 12.00 to join our Coffee Morning.
Coffee, tea and home made cakes
Very informal
Telephone 01787 228437 for further information

This web site has now been downloaded into the British Library Archives, which also includes the National Library of Scotland;
the National Library of Wales; Bodleian Libraries, Oxford; University Library, Cambridge; and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin



This is a unique piece of research, about the USAAF who were located in Bures Hamlet and the surrounding area during 1943 -45
Their HQ was Butlers Farm to the west of Mount Bures. Thousands of High Explosive bombs were stored in the area, ready to be transported to the local USAAF airfelds.

This publication took me 15 years to collate all the information, as no official records were ever documented.

This 3rd edition was Published in
February 2022

Free online updates with purchase

£15 +PP

Further details

Ths book tells the story of how the Bures and Mount Bures parishioners survived the Second World War.

Based on hundreds of notes left behind by Hugh Creek, who was the Headmaster at Bures Primary School during the conflict.

View the book contents and the reviews.
Publication date July 20th, 2021

Free online updates with purchase

Further Details
£15 + pp

Published by Alan Beales
Use the Contact page for order enquiries.

Church News

St Johns Church

Work begins on extension

View the extension plans

Finance for the extension now available

John Cowlin 75yrs as a volunteer at the Church
(2 parts)

Rectory Clergy since 1300

St Johns Church web site

Mount Bures
Ukulele Group

This group has performed at numerous local
events in the area.
Read about its history and details of its members.

There is a "contact" facility,
for further information




JOHN COWLIN 1934 - 2021

John Cowlin aged 87, sadly passed away on February 27th.

John had worked tirelessly in the Community and St Johns Church, since moving to Mount Bures in 1944.

John and Sheila had been involved with St Johns Flower Festival since it`s conception in 1968, making a total of 51 years of unbroken service.

In 2018, the Rev Chandler nominated John in a National Competition in recognition of his services to the Community.
Additional link

The Funeral Service was held at Mount Bures Parish Church on Wednesday 24th March 2021.

Tribute to John

Johns Eulogy

Service Sheet

- 1933 -2020
Sadly Sheila passed away after a long illness
on 22nd July 2020.
Sheila was lifelong member of St Johns Church.
She will be sorely missed
in decorating the Church each year for the
Festival of Flowers.

The interment service was held at
St Johns Church on August 24th 2020

Link to Funeral Service

Records indicate the inaugural Flower Festival was held in 1968.

Copy of original service sheet from the following year, 1969,

Download the complete sheet here

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