1st June 2023

The history of the Old Sawmill

The Old Sawmill is a new development of 33 homes on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Great Bowden, close to Market Harborough.

Getting its name from a sawmill which stood on the site since the 1960s, the development includes a range of two, three and four bedroom contemporary homes.

In our latest development focus, Luke Simmons, Managing Director at Cora looks at some of the fascinating local history.

Dating back to Doomsday book

Great Bowden has a long history, and is even mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086.

At that time, the recorded population of the village was 49.

Much older than the nearby town of Market Harborough, the village is believed to be one of the oldest in Leicestershire, with Anglo-Saxon origins.

The village church, St Peter and St Paul, includes features from the 13th century, although it was greatly updated in the 15th century.

Market Harborough was set up as a commercial staging post in the district, later growing to become the larger settlement.

However, Great Bowden managed to keep its identity as a separate parish, with farming and agriculture crucial to the local economy.

Thanks to its long and illustrious history, despite its relatively small size, the village has more than 70 listed buildings.

Looking to the future

At Cora, we are proud to have brought the Old Sawmill to completion, building homes in the community for generations to come to enjoy.

Not only does it sit in a village rich in local history, this beautiful development is just a short drive away from Market Harborough, which has been voted as one of the best places to live in the UK.

For more information on the Old Sawmill and to look at the available properties, visit our developments page.

If you would like to speak to one of our sales team, please  give us a call on 07469 855675.