Wake House, Bourne

Client: Bourne Arts and Community Trust

About the project: From February 2022, Heritage Lincolnshire are thrilled to be working with the Bourne Arts and Community Trust to work on four areas of development for Wake House. These including Fundraising, Volunteer & Community, Heritage Interpretation and Marketing & Digital.

Wake House is a Grade II listed building which serves a a Community Centre in the heart of the town, and offers a variety of rooms to hire for groups, events and meetings.  The building is best known as the birthplace of Charles Frederick Worth, son of a local solicitor, who founded the famous Paris fashion house and a blue plaque tells us that he was born here on 13th October 1825.  The property dates back to the early 19th century and was built on the site of the old Waggon and Horses public house that was pulled down as part of the development.


Charles Frederick Worth (13 October 1825 – 10 March 1895) was an English fashion designer who founded the House of Worth, one of the foremost fashion houses of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He is considered by many fashion historians to be the father of haute couture.Worth is also credited with revolutionising the business of fashion.

We need your help! March 2022

We are currently exploring opportunities to help Wake House develop and grow within Bourne. To do this, we would like to hear from you!

We would be extremely grateful if you could participate in a small survey (5-10 minutes) which will help us along the way! Please click on the poster to the left to go there directly or click here.