Bournemouth in 50 Buildings

Series: In 50 Buildings

Publication Date15th November 2020

Book FormatPaperback





Discover the architectural treasures and history of this favourite Dorset seaside resort of Bournemouth in a fascinating tour of 50 of its ancient and modern buildings and landmarks.
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Today, Bournemouth is one of the favourite resorts on the south coast, but until the early nineteenth century, the area was just heathland where cattle grazed. In 1810, Lewis Tregonwell – regarded as the first inhabitant and founder of Bournemouth – visited the beach with his wife. She loved the area and persuaded him to build a house there. Tregonwell later bought more land and landowners planted pines on the heath, but there was no settlement at Bournemouth until 1837.The railway reached the town in 1870, which made it far easier for people to travel there and increased the number of visitors. Victorian Bournemouth, which was marketed as a health resort, grew at a phenomenal rate and many new buildings that appeared as the town developed remain today.

In Bournemouth in 50 Buildings, authors Paul Rabbitts and Liz Gordon highlight the town’s significant architectural landmarks from across the centuries. Through a fascinating and diverse selection of buildings they tell the story of the town’s development, its people and their way of life. Among the places they focus on are churches, hotels, inns, houses, cinemas and educational establishments. The scope of buildings the authors have selected is incredibly wide – ranging from the grand to the modest – and many different architectural styles are featured. Readers will discover everything from beach huts and Boscombe Pier, to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum together with modern office blocks and workplaces. Bournemouth in 50 Buildings offers an engaging and valuable historical perspective on the town.
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