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It is likely that the parish took its name from "Bregge", a bridge which crossed the river Nailbourne, a tributary of the Stour.[2] The parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.


The village is surrounded by a buffer zone, and is almost entirely residential and agricultural. Its layout is a cross between a linear settlement and a clustered settlement.


Bourne Park is a Queen Anne mansion with lake, occasionally open to the public, its façade and structure dates mostly to 1702.

The village is home to 3 pubs and a thriving Tennis Club with over 200 active members.


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